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Urban mining - AM240006
Title: Urban mining
Guaranteed by: Department of Sustainability and Product Ecology (241)
Faculty: Faculty of Environmental Technology
Actual: from 2023
Semester: winter
Points: winter s.:3
E-Credits: winter s.:3
Examination process: winter s.:
Hours per week, examination: winter s.:2/0, Ex [HT]
Capacity: unknown / unknown (unknown)
Min. number of students: unlimited
State of the course: taught
Language: English
Teaching methods: full-time
Teaching methods: full-time
Note: course can be enrolled in outside the study plan
enabled for web enrollment
Guarantor: Šyc Michal Ing. Ph.D.
Annotation -
The overall objective of the course is to provide students background of current state of the art in the field of technologies enabling to obtain valuable components from significant types of waste including their critical evaluation. With the current switch-over from the linear production economy towards the circular economy becomes urban mining a strongly developing area with a range of structural changes.
Last update: Kubová Petra (21.12.2020)
Aim of the course -

A student who has met the objectives of the course will gain knowledge on:

  • Available technologies for obtaining valuable components from individual types of waste, including their critical assessment.
  • The most important types of waste and relevant processing technologies with their weaknesses

Last update: Kubová Petra (21.12.2020)
Literature -

D: EU Documents on the Circulation Economy (Circulation Package)

D: Urban mining: a global cycle approach to resource recovery from solid waste. Raffaello Cossu, Viviana Salieri, Valentina Bisinella, CISA 2012, ISBN 9788862650014

D: Resource Recovery to Approach Zero Municipal Waste. Edited by Taherzadeh, M. & Richards, T., Taylor & Francis Group, 2016, ISBN 978-1-4822-4036-8

D: Wastes and secondary raw materials vol. I and II. V. Krenikova. JEPU Usti nad Labem. ISBN 978-80-7414-869-9 (vol I.), 978-80-7414-871-2 (vol II.)

Last update: Kubová Petra (21.12.2020)
Syllabus -

1. Introducing wastes as secondary resources, waste mass flows, EU Critical materials list and a secondary resources classification

2. Material flow analysis, basic principles, usefulness for secondary resources balancing

3. Urban mining, primary resources consumption, impacts of recycling on primary sources consumption, technological overview and main principles

4. Electronic waster (e-waste), sources of metal and plastic, e-waste types, e-waste treatment technologies

5. E-waste II, sources of metal and plastic, new types of e-waste, perspective technologies for processing of new types of e-waste

6. Biodegradable wastes, sewage sludge and WWTP, types, technological possibilities of nutrient recovery

7. Recycling technologies for the most significant plastics

8. Glass recycling and processing technologies

9. Paper and wood waste recycling, types of paper and their use in paper industry, technological approaches

10. Construction and demolition wastes utilization technologies, risk factors

11. Landfill mining, vision or reality, landfill composition, risks, perspective technologies

12. Other industrial wastes, basic overview of industrial waste with regard to the Czech Republic and technological overview of their use

13. Automotive waste treatment technologies, car wrecks disposal, car battery processing and tire processing

14. Excursion

Last update: Kubová Petra (21.12.2020)
Course completion requirements - Czech

Po obhajobě projektu na konci semestru následuje ústní zkouška

Last update: Kubová Petra (21.12.2020)