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Mathematical Problems in Engineering
Volume 2015 (2015), Article ID 381926, 13 pages
Research Article

Use of a Combination of MRSS-ANP for Making an Innovative Landfill Siting Decision Model

1Department of Civil and Structural Engineering, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, 43600 Bangi, Selangor, Malaysia
2Department of Civil Engineering, Middle East College, Knowledge Oasis Muscat, P.B. No. 79, 124 Al Rusayl, Oman

Received 4 April 2015; Revised 7 June 2015; Accepted 8 June 2015

Academic Editor: Jurgita Antucheviciene

Copyright © 2015 Mohammad K. Younes et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Landfill siting is a complex, multicriteria decision-making problem that needs an extensive evaluation of environmental, social, land use, and operational criteria. Integration of a median ranked sample set (MRSS) and an analytic network process (ANP) has been implemented to rank the associated criteria and select a suitable landfill site. It minimizes the uncertainty and the subjectivity of human judgments. Four groups of experts with different backgrounds participated in this study, and each group contained four experts. The respondent preferences were ranked in a 4-by-4 matrix to obtain the judgment sets for the MRSS. These sets were subsequently analyzed using ANP to obtain the priorities in the landfill siting criteria. The results show that land topology and distance from surface water are the most influential factors, with priorities of 0.18 and 0.17, respectively. The proposed integrated model may become a promising tool for the environmental planners and decision makers.