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How much do you think about what you throw away? A waste management cycle is essential for a sustainable future. This album considers the policy and legislation that is driving waste management processes across the EU. By modelling the overall environmental impacts of solid waste disposal methods, the UK government has now created a hierarchy of waste and local management strategies. The 12 video tracks in this album offer an in depth look at each of these processes, concentrating on waste collection, recycling, composting, energy recovery and landfill. This material forms part of T308 Environmental Monitoring, Modelling and Control.

By: The OpenLearn team (The Open University,)

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Track 1: Waste Management

A short introduction to this album.


© The Open University 2009


Tracks in this podcast:

Track   Title Description
1 Waste Management    A short introduction to this album. Play now Waste Management
2 Waste Minimisation    Cutting down the amount of waste we create per household is our biggest challenge. Play now Waste Minimisation
3 Waste Re-use    How your recycling gets separated and processed. When to re-use packaging, opt for composting, or incinerate waste to produce energy. Play now Waste Re-use
4 Waste Incineration    Harnessing the power of your rubbish. The steam from incinerators fuel turbines that generate electricity. Play now Waste Incineration
5 The Science of Landfill    The 6,000 landfill sites across Britain take about 80% of our household waste. A visit to a former landfill site, now a golf course. Play now The Science of Landfill
6 Landfill Site Selection    Stage by stage in the design of a landfill site. Finding the right geology and hydro geology and assessing the pollution risk. Play now Landfill Site Selection
7 Landfill Construction    Planning the infrastructure, the delivery of waste, the drainage of the site, and the monitoring facilities. Play now Landfill Construction
8 Landfill Operation    At landfill site Judkins in Nuneaton they conduct daily checks , dispose of accumulated leachates and make use of the gas and water collected. Play now Landfill Operation
9 Landfill Closure    How the site is safely sealed, monitored and redeveloped. How Grunden Waste redeveloped a site into a golf course. Play now Landfill Closure
10 Landfill – the Future    The EU landfill directive is enforcing major change - reducing the volume of waste going to landfill and developing more incineration sites. Play now Landfill – the Future
11 Waste Collection    Analyse what you throw away. The different methods local authorities use to collect and sort your rubbish. Play now Waste Collection
12 Energy From Waste    How incineration generates electricity and hazardous waste is treated at landfill sites. Play now Energy From Waste
13 Composting    The different types of green waste, how they are processed and who uses the compost created. Play now Composting