Thermal Treatment of Municipal Waste

What will I learn?
This course is specifically designed to provide you with an introduction to the thermal treatment option for the disposal of municipal solid waste (MSW). It will give you detailed coverage of the various thermal treatment processes and associated issues.

How will I benefit?
You’ll gain an excellent insight into thermal treatment technologies and policies.

The 2018 course programme and leaflet will be available approximately 3 months prior to the course. However, you can view and download the 2017 course details for further information by clicking the course leaflet and course programme link.

Day 1

  • Emissions from incinerators
  • Regulation of incineration plants under the Environmental Permitting Regulations
  • Flue gas emissions control
  • Sampling and analysis of emissions
  • Operational aspects of incineration
  • Large scale municipal solid waste (MSW) treatment technologies
  • CFD Modelling of incinerators, gasifiers and pyrolysis

Day 2

  • Health effects of waste incineration
  • Pyrolysis and gasification of MSW
  • Energy recovery
  • Stakeholder and community consultation for energy from waste
  • Opportunities for bottom ash recycling
  • The option of solid recovered fuel/refuse derived fuel (SRF/RDF)
  • Thermal technologies – procurement, markets and deliverability
  • Economic and commercial issues in waste management.

This course is for you if you’re a waste disposal engineer, or someone who works for a company or local authority which is either considering, or is already involved in, the thermal treatment option for treatment of municipal solid waste.

“Essential course for a rounded introduction to the key topics involving EFW.” Natural Power

"A good overall introduction to the EFW technologies and SRF markets. FCC Environment

"Excellent course and very relevant and informative." Engie UK

“An informative two day course covering all the main topics relevant to thermal treatment, which is presented in a manner both for the expert and the less informed audience” Viridor Waste Management

2017 Speakers include

Course Director: Professor Paul Williams, School of Chemical and Process Engineering, University of Leeds

Doug Barlow, Veolia
Neil Brothers, Veolia
Dr Stephen Burnley, The Open University
Gerard Carroll, Ace Furnace Consulting Ltd
Ben Freeman, Environment Agency
Stuart Hayward-Higham, SUEZ Recycling and Recovery UK
Dr Brian Moyle, Servomex Group Ltd
Keith Riley, BH Energy Gap
John Twitchen, PCSG
John Wade, MVV Environment Limited
Kathryn Warren, Ricardo Energy & Environment
Dr Kevin Whiting, WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff
David York, Ballast Phoenix Ltd


Fees include:

  • cost of tuition
  • course materials
  • lunches
  • light refreshments
  • course dinner on Monday 17 September.

10% discount for local authorities and the Environment Agency.

Weetwood Hall Conference Centre and Hotel
Otley Road
LS16 5PS


The course will take place at the Weetwood Hall Hotel and Conference Centre, which is situated to the north of Leeds at the junction of the A660 Leeds - Skipton road and the A6120 Outer Ring Road.

Bed and breakfast accommodation is available at the course venue, Weetwood Hall Hotel and Conference Centre.

We have negotiated the following special rates per night for our delegates:

Sunday evening, bed and breakfast £83

Monday – Tuesday evening, bed and breakfast £87

To take advantage of these special rates please book by contacting the hotel direct on 0113 230 6000 (Stevie Standerline), E: Please quote "University of Leeds CPD Unit" and the course name when contacting Weetwood Hall to book accommodation.

Please note that accommodation bookings must be made two weeks before the course commences at the latest to qualify for the special rates and to guarantee room availability.  Any accommodation requests after this date will be subject to availability and rates.​​  A list of alternative hotels is available on request.  Delegates are responsible for their own evening meals except on Monday 17 September 2018 when the course dinner is included.


+ 44 (0)113 343 2494

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