University of Florida

ABE 5707C
Agricultural Waste Management

Semester Taught - Fall

Catalog Description

Credits: 3

Engineering analysis and design of systems for the collection, storage, treatment, transport, and utilization of disposable organic wastes and wastewaters. Field trips to operating systems and laboratory evaluation of materials and processes.


4 or higher classification

Course Objectives

  • To familiarize students with the nature of wastes and their impact on the environment.
  • To conceptualize physical, chemical and biological bases of waste treatment
  • To develop the students' abilities to analyze and design systems for the collection, handling, treatment and utilization of wastes.
  • To provide familiarization with operation of waste treatment processes


Pratap Pullammanappillil
Office - 203 Frazier Rogers Hall
Telephone (352) 392-1864 x203

Material/Supply Fees


Class Materials Required

See Instructor.

Course Outline

  • Mass and energy balances for process systems
  • Waste and wastewater analysis
  • Physical bases for waste treatment and recycling
    • Discharge of wastewater into waterways
    • Land application of wastes
    • Solids separation processes
    • Absorption
  • Chemical bases for waste treatment and recycling
    • Chlorination and disinfection
    • Flocculation and Coagulation
    • Precipitation
  • Biological bases for waste treatment and recycling
    • Activated sludge process
    • Biological nutrient removal
    • Anaerobic digestion
    • Composting
  • Waste treatment systems
    • Livestock waste treatment systems
    • Municipal sewage treatment systems
  • Management of dead animals
    • Rendering plants
    • Incinerators
    • Disposal pits
  • Gaseous waste treatment


Grades will be based upon field trip reports, homework problems, and class participation.

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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities

The Disability Resource Center coordinates the needed accommodations of students with disabilities. This includes registering disabilities, recommending academic accommodations within the classroom, accessing special adaptive computer equipment, providing interpretation services and mediating faculty-student disability related issues.

0001 Reid Hall, 352-392-8565,  

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Campus Helping Resources

Students experiencing crises or personal problems that interfere with their general well-being are encouraged to utilize the university’s counseling resources. The Counseling & Wellness Center provides confidential counseling services at no cost for currently enrolled students. Resources are available on campus for students having personal problems or lacking clear career or academic goals, which interfere with their academic performance.

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