Solid Waste Management: Equity Trade-Off Models

by Louis A. Fuertes, Analyst; Urban Systems Res. and Engrg., Cambridge, MA,
James F. Hudson, Grad. Student; Dept. of Civ. Engrg., Massachusetts Inst. of Tech., Cambridge, MA,
David H. Marks, (M.ASCE), Assoc. Prof. of Civ. Engrg. and Dir.; Civ. Engrg. Systems Lab., Massachusetts Inst. of Tech., Cambridge, MA,

Serial Information: Journal of the Urban Planning and Development Division, 1974, Vol. 100, Issue 2, Pg. 155-171

Document Type: Journal Paper


In a previous paper, location models for regional solid waste management facilities based on efficiency criteria alone were presented. This paper presents a methodology for explicitly considering tradeoffs between system cost and various equity issues such as esthetics, size and number of regional facilities, haul across local political boundaries, and other factors important in the negotiation process which precedes implementation of such regional systems. The model is presented and a case study based on the Boston metropolitan area is developed to show the type of information that can be developed in such a context.

Subject Headings: Solid wastes | Waste management | Political factors | Case studies | Aesthetics | Domain boundary | Negotiation | Urban areas | Boston | Massachusetts | United States

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