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.

Academic Honesty

In 1995 the UF student body enacted an honor code and voluntarily committed itself to the highest standards of honesty and integrity. When students enroll at the university, they commit themselves to the standard drafted and enacted by students.

The Honor Pledge: We, the members of the University of Florida community, pledge to hold ourselves and our peers to the highest standards of honesty and integrity.

On all work submitted for credit by students at the university, the following pledge is either required or implied: "On my honor, I have neither given nor received unauthorized aid in doing this assignment."

Students should report any condition that facilitates dishonesty to the instructor, department chair, college dean, Student Honor Council, or Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution in the Dean of Students Office.

(Source: 2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog)

It is assumed all work will be completed independently unless the assignment is defined as a group project, in writing by the instructor.

This policy will be vigorously upheld at all times in this course.

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, www.dso.ufl.edu/drc/  

Software Use

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UF Counseling and Career Services

Resources are available on-campus for students having personal problems or lacking clear career and academic goals which interfere with their academic performance. These resources include:

  1. University Counseling and Wellness Center, 3190 Radio Road, Gainesville, FL 32611
  2. Career Connections Center, Reitz Union, 392-1601, career development assistance and counseling.