A multi-criteria decision analysis assessment of waste paper management options

Hanan, Deirdre; Burnley, Stephen and Cooke, David (2013). A multi-criteria decision analysis assessment of waste paper management options. Waste Management, 33(3) pp. 566–573.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.wasman.2012.06.007

Abstract

The use of Multi-criteria Decision Analysis (MCDA) was investigated in an exercise using a panel of local residents and stakeholders 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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