Thermal Treatment of Municipal Waste

About the course

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.


Who should attend?

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.


The September 2021 course programme will be available approximately 3 months prior to the course. However, you can view and download the latest course details below for an idea of what to expect from the course.

Provisional programme

Day 1

Registration: 08:30 – 09:00

  • Regulation of incineration plants under the Environmental Permitting Regulations

  • Flue gas emissions control

  • Sampling and analysis of emissions

  • Operational aspects of Energy Recovery Facilities

  • Large scale municipal solid waste (MSW) treatment technologies

  • Policy rational for gasification in a net zero world

Day 2

  • Health effects of waste incineration

  • Pyrolysis & Gasification of Waste for Electricity Production

  • Energy recovery

  • Opportunities for bottom ash recycling

  • Stakeholder and community consultation for energy from waste

  • The option of solid recovered fuel/refuse derived fuel (SRF/RDF)

  • Thermal technologies – procurement, markets and deliverability

  • Economic and commercial issues in waste management

Course finish time:  16:30


Invited Speakers:

Dr Egan Archer, Equitix 

Dr Stephen Burnley, School of Engineering and Innovation, The Open University 

Peter Coleman, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy 

Stewart Davies, Viridor 

Ben Freeman, Environment Agency 

Stuart Hayward-Higham, SUEZ Recycling and Recovery UK 

Brian Mayne, Cardiff University 

Dr Brian Moyle, Servomex Group Ltd 

Edward Thomas, Viridor 

John Twitchen, env23 

John Wade, MVV Environment Limited

Dr Kevin Whiting, WSP

David York, Blue Phoenix UK

Fee information

Fee £TBC

Fees are VAT exempt

Fees include:

  • cost of tuition

  • course materials

  • lunches

  • light refreshments

10% discount for local authorities and the Environment Agency.

View our terms and conditions

Venue details

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

Weetwood Hall Estate
Otley Road
West Yorkshire
LS16 5PS



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

If you require accommodation, and wish to stay at the course venue Weetwood Hall Estate, please contact Emma Barker E: / T: 0113 230 6000 quoting ‘CPD’ and the ‘Thermal Treatment’ course.

Please book your accommodation at least two weeks before the course commences to guarantee rates and availability. A list of alternative hotels is available on request. 

What our delegates say

“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

Contact us

CPD Conference and Events Unit
Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences 
University of Leeds,

T: +44 (0)113 343 5746


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This course is endorsed by the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management

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