Municipal solid waste landfill site selection for the city of Sanliurfa-Turkey: an example using MCDA integrated with GIS

Yesilnacar M. I., Suzen M. L., Kaya B. S., DOYURAN V.

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF DIGITAL EARTH, vol.5, no.2, pp.147-164, 2012 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 5 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2012
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/17538947.2011.583993
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.147-164
  • Keywords: municipal solid waste (MSW), landfill, site selection, geographical information systems (GIS), multi-criteria decision analysis (MCDA), GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION-SYSTEMS, HAZARDOUS-WASTES, URBAN REGION, METHODOLOGY, DISPOSAL, POLLUTION, LEACHATE, AREA
  • Middle East Technical University Affiliated: Yes


A municipal solid waste (MSW) management system needs solid waste management (SWM) techniques where the presence of a sanitary landfill is vital. One of the most important issues of sanitary landfilling is to locate the facility to an optimal location. Despite the versatility and case-dependent nature of conventional expert-based site selection procedures, the number of sites to be chosen increases with increased population forcing a number of constraints. Consequently, constraints and environmental regulations mechanically mask unsuitable areas, leaving very little areas to be assessed. This turns the situation into a challenging issue for a geographical information system (GIS) used with multi-criteria decision analysis (MCDA), to select optimal site.