Environmental Science and Pollution Research

, Volume 24, Issue 1, pp 299–311 | Cite as

Prediction of municipal solid waste generation using artificial neural network approach enhanced by structural break analysis

  • Vladimir M. Adamović
  • Davor Z. AntanasijevićEmail author
  • Mirjana Đ. Ristić
  • Aleksandra A. Perić-Grujić
  • Viktor V. Pocajt
Research Article


This paper presents the development of a general regression neural network (GRNN) model for the prediction of annual municipal solid waste (MSW) generation at the national level for 44 countries of different size, population and economic development level. Proper modelling of MSW generation is essential for the planning of MSW management system as well as for the simulation of various environmental impact scenarios. The main objective of this work was to examine the potential influence of economy crisis (global or local) on the forecast of MSW generation obtained by the GRNN model. The existence of the so-called structural breaks that occur because of the economic crisis in the studied period (2000–2012) for each country was determined and confirmed using the Chow test and Quandt–Andrews test. Two GRNN models, one which did not take into account the influence of the economic crisis (GRNN) and another one which did (SB-GRNN), were developed. The novelty of the applied method is that it uses broadly available social, economic and demographic indicators and indicators of sustainability, together with GRNN and structural break testing for the prediction of MSW generation at the national level. The obtained results demonstrate that the SB-GRNN model provide more accurate predictions than the model which neglected structural breaks, with a mean absolute percentage error (MAPE) of 4.0 % compared to 6.7 % generated by the GRNN model. The proposed model enhanced with structural breaks can be a viable alternative for a more accurate prediction of MSW generation at the national level, especially for developing countries for which a lack of MSW data is notable.


MSW management General regression neural network Structural breaks 



The authors are grateful to the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development of the Republic of Serbia, Project No. 172007 for financial support.

Compliance with ethical standards


This study was funded by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development of the Republic of Serbia (Project No. 172,007).

Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Statement of human rights and statement on the welfare of animals

This article does not contain any studies with human participants or animals performed by any of the authors.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Vladimir M. Adamović
    • 1
  • Davor Z. Antanasijević
    • 2
    Email author
  • Mirjana Đ. Ristić
    • 3
  • Aleksandra A. Perić-Grujić
    • 3
  • Viktor V. Pocajt
    • 3
  1. 1.Institute for Technology of Nuclear and other Mineral Raw MaterialsBelgradeSerbia
  2. 2.Innovation Center of the Faculty of Technology and MetallurgyBelgradeSerbia
  3. 3.Faculty of Technology and MetallurgyUniversity of BelgradeBelgradeSerbia

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