Management of municipal solid waste (MSW) is the conventional subject of study of Laboratory of Waste Management and Resource Recirculation. Fields of research include design and maintenance of facilities such as transfer stations, material recovery facilities, landfills, waste-to-energy facilities, etc. Moreover, as environmental problems due to recent wastes are becoming more extensive and complex in our current society, the range of study has been extending to include biofilter systems for treatment of odor and organic compounds, reactive membranes and biological reactive barriers for groundwater remediation, fate study of nanomaterials in subsurface environment, energy and material recovery from food wastes, etc.. Also, the center of research has been gradually shifting from what has been limited to safe and sanitary management of wastes in urban areas to development of environment technologies for extreme spaces such as extreme cold, sea floor, and skyscrapers, development of convergence technologies linked with advanced scientific technology such as IT/BT/NT, development of greenhouse gas management methodologies and waste management policies for response to climate change and resource circulation society, etc. Laboratory of Waste Management and Resource Recirculation started its research and educational activities in 1996 when Dr. Kim, Jae Young got the senior lecturer position at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Seoul National University. The laboratory was established as a unique research sub-program of the Environmental Engineering Program. In the beginning the laboratory was composed of one faculty and two graduate students. Since then, the laboratory has grown gradually. The graduates play a leading role in the solid waste management sector of Korean society.


1. Objective of Education :

Be the competent and determined green engineers


2. Laboratory Motto :

Take responsibility of your work and do not procrastinate