Environmental Science and Pollution Research

, Volume 25, Issue 28, pp 27877–27889 | Cite as

A comprehensive multi-criteria decision making-based land capability assessment for municipal solid waste landfill sitting

  • Mona Soroudi
  • Ghasemali OmraniEmail author
  • Faramarz Moataar
  • Seyed Ali Jozi
Research Article


The municipal waste management has always been one of the most challenging environmental concerns. Today, although different strategies have been developed, sanitary disposal of municipal waste is still considered as one of the most widely used alternatives, especially in developing countries such as Iran. To investigate the land capability of Pishva, for landfill sitting, the important criteria were categorized in two groups of ecological and socioeconomic and then a multi-criteria decision-making model was used with decision-making trial and evaluation decision-making trial and evaluation (DEMATEL)-analytical network process (ANP) approach. First and foremost, the interaction of criteria was determined implementing DEMATEL. It was found that the soil depth criterion not only is the most effective but also is the most influenced one. Moreover, ANP structure was developed to weigh the criteria. In comparison to socioeconomic criteria, ecological ones play a more significant role. Afterwards, factor maps and constraints were standardized using fuzzy and Boolean logic, respectively, and all layers were combined to generate the final capability map of Pishva applying WLC method. The capability map showed that 71% of the area is not capable of landfilling, and only 5% of Pishva has a high capability. The results proved the great effectiveness of the methods proposed in this study.


ANP Site selection Fuzzy logic Boolean logic WLC DEMATEL Waste management 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Environmental Science, Faculty of Natural resources and Environment, Science and Research BranchIslamic Azad UniversityTehranIran
  2. 2.Department of Environmental science, North Tehran BranchIslamic Azad UniversityTehranIran

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