The use of multicriteria decision analysis (MCDA) to determine community views on municipal waste management proposals

Hanan, D. B.; Burnley, S. J. and Cooke, D. F. (2011). The use of multicriteria decision analysis (MCDA) to determine community views on municipal waste management proposals. In: Thirteenth International Waste Management and Landfill Symposium, 3-7 Oct 2011, S. Margherita di Pula (Cagliari), Sardinia, Italy.

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Abstract

The use of Multicriteria Decision Analysis (MCDA) was investigated in an exercise using a panel of local residents to assess the options for managing waste paper on the Isle of Wight. Seven recycling, recovery and disposal options were considered by the panel who evaluated each option against seven environmental, financial and social criteria. The panel preferred options where the waste was managed on the island with gasification and recycling achieving the highest scores. Exporting the waste to the English mainland for incineration or landfill proved to be the least preferred options. This research has demonstrated that MCDA is an effective way of involving community groups in waste management decision making.

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