Urban Sanitation and Solid Waste Management
Urban Sanitation and Solid Waste Management is one of six modules in the OpenWASH learning resources. The modules have been written by Ethiopian WASH experts with the support of teaching specialists from The Open University in the UK.
Improved sanitation has proven benefits for human health, quality of life and poverty reduction. It is important for WASH practitioners to understand the drivers and barriers to sanitation in any given context to best serve communities and users. This Module is designed to equip students with knowledge of the importance of sanitation, the benefits, the methods and the main challenges. It also covers the disposal of solid domestic waste and the benefits of an integrated approach to waste management.
The module is divided into 15 separate study sessions; each session is expected to take about two hours to study if you are learning on your own. The OpenWASH Trainers’ Handbook provides guidance on using the modules in a variety of face to face teaching contexts.
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This course is part of a collection
This course is part of a collection of courses called OpenWASH. There are 6 courses in this collection so you may find other courses here that maybe of interest to you.
Course learning outcomes
After you have studied this Module you should be able to:
- Understand the principles of sanitation and the sanitation ladder.
- Describe the technical options for liquid waste management in urban and peri-urban settings.
- Explain the waste management hierarchy and identify opportunities to minimise solid waste production.
- Describe the complete process for both liquid and solid waste management, including collection, storage, transportation and treatment.
- Understand the role and potential of private sector engagement in solid and liquid waste management.
First Published 08/08/2017.