Landfill siting using geographic information systems: A demonstration

Muhammad Z. Siddiqui, Jess W. Everett, Baxter E. Vieux

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Regulations and public opposition can make siting municipal solid waste landfills difficult. In this paper, spatial-AHP is presented, a method that identifies and ranks potential landfill areas for preliminary site assessment. Spatial-AHP takes into account regulatory restrictions, area attributes, and site assessment criteria provided by experts and/or users. The method uses an analytic environment provided by geographic information systems (GIS) and a decision-making method provided by the analytic hierarchy process (AHP). The GIS is used to manipulate and present spatial data. The AHP is used to rank potential landfill areas based on a wide variety of criteria. Spatial-AHP is demonstrated by applying it to a landfill site selection study in Cleveland County, Oklahoma. The paper also analyzes the effects of varying the relative importance of various siting criteria, landfill size, and location restriction severity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number5024
Pages (from-to)515-523
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Environmental Engineering
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1996
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Environmental Science
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Civil and Structural Engineering


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