Multi-stakeholders’ participation in decision making: Identifying suitable areas for Pneumatic Waste Collection System installation



Last Updated: 2-2015


Municipal waste management is a complicated process, and started to arouse the widespread concern in recent decades. There are two types of waste collection facilities co-exist in Netherlands, standalone underground container and pneumatic waste collection system. Along with Netherlands and European Union put more and more focus on waste and environment problems, PWC system begins to be paid attention owing to its excellent system performance and environment consideration.

Decision makers that involved in PWC system project look for a decision making framework to assist them to identify the suitable are for PWC system installation. In order to resolve this decision making problems, multi-stakeholders, such as municipalities and service provide company need to be involved.

Combining AHP with GIS is the most popular framework to solve the problem of identifying location of municipal waste management facilities. AHP method help multi-stakeholders to evaluate the impacts of conflicting criteria, prioritizing classified criteria scales. GIS could creating the close link between stakeholders preference with specific city map, and then ranking the alternative areas.

Results of this thesis show that pneumatic waste collection system have a great potential to be widely installed in Netherlands. The combination of AHP with GIS is most suitable methodology in consideration of multi-stakeholders participants in study of searching PWC system location.