Waste Management

Waste is more than what people throw in the bin. There are numerous waste streams that can have a damaging environmental impact.

Coordinator: Professor Lu Aye


Waste is more than just what people throw in the bin. Air-borne emissions and liquid wastes corrupt water supplies, and the complex waste streams produced by industry can have toxic impacts on the environment.

Waste Management is concerned with the management of various waste streams. This specialisation focuses on waste avoidance and minimization, discussing best environmental practice and providing the tools for sound decision-making at the design and implementation phases of waste management projects.

  • Designed for

    Students with an undergraduate degree in another discipline geared towards investigative and management skills as part of an engineering education, or those wanting to develop theoretical and practical skills for working in environmental control authorities, industry and elsewhere.

  • Career outcomes

    Graduates of this stream can expect to find employment in environmental control authorities, urban and industrial workplaces, local government, education, and consultancy.

    Example roles:

    • Project Manager
    • Environmental Control Officer
    • Environmental Policy Developer
    • Environmental Planner
    • Environmental Educator

View full list of Waste Management subjects in the Handbook

Study plan (200 point pathway)

Year 1

Semester 1

Environmental Sustainability

Environmental Economics and Strategy

Forests and Water

Sustainable Water Resources Systems

Semester 2

Water and Waste Management

Monitoring Environmental Impacts

Urban Water Management

Environmental Risk Assessment

Year 2

Semester 1


Environmental Chemistry

Development Project Management and Design

Environmental Impact Assessment

Semester 2

Partnerships for Sustainable Futures

Environmental Management

Research Project

Environmental Law

Joshua Sam
Joshua Sam,
Waste Management Division,
PNG National Capital
District Commission

"I was promoted to Manager of the Waste Management Division immediately upon my return to Papua New Guinea because of the successful completion of my studies. Since I did a specialist course in Waste Management, the decision to appoint me was easily taken by management."