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Landfill Technology 7.5 credits

Second cycle, A7001B
Course syllabus valid: Autumn 2021 Sp 1 - Present
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Education level
Second cycle
Grade scale
G U 3 4 5
Environmental Engineering
Subject group (SCB)
Environmental Care and Environmental Protection
Main field of study
Natural Resources Engineering, Civil Engineering

Entry requirements

Basic knowledge in waste technology, civil engineering and microbiology.

More information about English language requirements


The selection is based on 20-285 credits

Course Aim

The course will give you basic understanding of the construction and function of landfills as well as their roll in society. At the end of the course, you should have acquired the capabilities necessary to be able to work with landfills in e.g. a consultant company, an industry, a waste company or an environmental agency, understanding how the landfill functions. Partial course goals are:

You should be able to apply:
- Natural science fundamentals on the topic area

You should be able to:
- Calculate the consequences of major processes in and at landfills, e.g. gas potential.
- Retrieve information from literature data bases
- Describe safety rules for the environmental laboratory and perform practical lab work
- Work in a group, both as a leader and a member
- Evaluate results and present your work formally correct in both written (technical report) and oral form (presentation)

You should understand:
- The role of landfills in waste management systems.
- The design and construction of landfills
- Conversion processes in landfills.
- Methods for management and treatment of landfill gas and leachate
- The interaction of landfills and their environments

You should know about:
- The legal framework for landfilling
- The more important chemical and biological processes affecting landfills
- Methods for waste characterisation

The function of landfills in the waste management system as well as siting, construction, operation, and closure measures are content of the course. Both technical and legislation aspects concerning establishment and siting of landfills are discussed such as geological and hydrological requirements. Waste properties like e.g. leachability and biodegradability decide about transformation processes that eventually lead to emissions. Landfill gas and leachate are two examples of material streams that need to be controlled and treated. We will calculate the gas production potential and potential treatment alternatives. Closure measure, final cover and after care of landfills will be discussed from a technical point of view and with regard to long-term sustainability.

Each course occasion´s language and form is stated and appear on the course page on Luleå University of Technology's website.
Teaching is performed by lectures, seminars, a study visit, laboratory assignments, individual work, and project work in a group. Each student will find out and give a brief presentation about landfilling in his/her home town/country. The main topics of the area are presented and discussed a series of lectures. Early in the course the project work is initiated. The project work is related to current land¬fill research and consists of two steps; a literature study and an experimental investigation.

If there is a decision on special educational support, in accordance with the Guideline Student's rights and obligations at Luleå University of Technology, an adapted or alternative form of examination can be provided.
At the end of the course a final written exam has to be passed. The project work will be examined both orally and in written form (technical report). Also, written and oral opposition of the project work of another group is part of the examination.

Transition terms
The course A7001B is equal to ABA003

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Transition terms
The course A7001B is equal to ABA003

Literature. Valid from Autumn 2016 Sp 2 (May change until 10 weeks before course start)
A. Lagerkvist (Ed.) (2003) Landfill Technology. Waste Science and Technology, LTU.

Course offered by
Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering

CodeDescriptionGrade scaleCrStatusFrom periodTitle
0009Project workU G#3.00MandatoryA14
0010Landfill presentation and excursionU G#1.00MandatoryA14
0011Written examG U 3 4 53.50MandatoryA14

Study guidance
Study guidance for the course is to be found in our learning platform Canvas before the course starts. Students applying for single subject courses get more information in the Welcome letter. You will find the learning platform via My LTU.

Syllabus established
by Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering 10 Mar 2009

Last revised
by Assistant Director of Undergraduate Studies Eva Gunneriusson, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering 17 Feb 2021