The Development and application of multi-criteria decision making tool with consideration of uncertainty: the selection of a management strategy for the bio-degradable fraction in the municipal solid waste

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Title The Development and application of multi-criteria decision making tool with consideration of uncertainty: the selection of a management strategy for the bio-degradable fraction in the municipal solid waste
Author El Hanandeh, Ali; El-Zein, Abbas
Journal Name Bioresource Technology
Year Published 2010
Place of publication Netherlands
Publisher Elsevier
Abstract A modified version of the multi-criteria decision aid, ELECTRE III has been developed to account for uncertainty in criteria weightings and threshold values. The new procedure, called ELECTRE-SS, modifies the exploitation phase in ELECTRE III, through a new definition of the pre-order and the introduction of a ranking index (RI). The new approach accommodates cases where incomplete or uncertain preference data are present. The method is applied to a case of selecting a management strategy for the bio-degradable fraction in the municipal solid waste of Sydney. Ten alternatives are compared against 11 criteria. The results show that anaerobic digestion (AD) and composting of paper are less environmentally sound options than recycling. AD is likely to out-perform incineration where a market for heating does not exist. Moreover, landfilling can be a sound alternative, when considering overall performance and conditions of uncertainty.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.biortech.2009.08.048
Copyright Statement Copyright 2010 Elsevier. This is the author-manuscript version of this paper. Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Please refer to the journal's website for access to the definitive, published version.
Volume 101
Issue Number 2
Page from 555
Page to 561
ISSN 0960-8524
Date Accessioned 2011-03-14
Date Available 2011-07-20T07:06:33Z
Language en_AU
Research Centre Atmospheric Environment Research Centre
Faculty Faculty of Science, Environment, Engineering and Technology
Subject Environmental Engineering Design; Environmental Engineering Modelling
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/37234
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1x

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