Municipal solid waste management using Geographical Information System aided methods: A mini review

Debishree Khan

Sukha Ranjan Samadder

Department of Environmental Science Engineering, Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad, India

Sukha Ranjan Samadder, Assistant Professor, Department of Environmental Science Engineering, Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad-826004,

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Municipal Solid Waste Management (MSWM) is one of the major environmental challenges in developing countries. Many efforts

to reduce and recover the wastes have been made, but still land disposal of solid wastes is the most popular one. Finding

an environmentally sound landfill site is a challenging task. This paper addresses a mini review on various aspects of MSWM

(suitable landfill site selection, route optimization and public acceptance) using the Geographical Information System (GIS)

coupled with other tools. The salient features of each of the integrated tools with GIS are discussed in this paper. It is

also addressed how GIS can help in optimizing routes for collection of solid wastes from transfer stations to disposal sites

to reduce the overall cost of solid waste management. A detailed approach on performing a public acceptance study of a proposed

landfill site is presented in this study. The study will help municipal authorities to identify the most effective method

of MSWM.

Article Notes

Declaration of conflicting interests The author declares that there is no conflict of interest.

Funding This work was supported by the Department of Environmental Science and Engineering, Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad.