Bahceci I., Topkaya B.

FRESENIUS ENVIRONMENTAL BULLETIN, vol.17, no.11A, pp.1859-1867, 2008 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 17 Issue: 11A
  • Publication Date: 2008
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.1859-1867
  • Keywords: Landfill, site selection, GIS, AHP, Solid Waste Management, Antalya
  • Akdeniz University Affiliated: Yes


Disposal of wastes to landfills is almost the final step in conventional solid waste management strategies. Though efficient waste reduction at source - besides re-use and recycling - is practiced, the mass of wastes to be disposed to landfills can still not be underrated. Landfill site selection sounds like an extremely hard task in resorts like Antalya, a provincial district lying on the Mediterranean coastal zone of Turkey. The exceptionally great deal of waste generation in summer months, attributed to the increased number of holiday visitors, complicates the solid waste disposal constrained by the limited amenable deposition capacities. Albeit in part, NIMBY (Not In My Backyard) syndrome extravagates the problem. In this study, Geographic Information System (GIS)-aided design, with and without the cooperation of Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP), was used to select the most feasible landfill site(s) in Side-Manavgat administrative region, a heavily-visited resort. Within the study, such selected site(s) are compared and contrasted with that one in current-use, allocated by the local authority. It was concluded that selection harnessing the state-of-art satellite technology on mapping provides rather practical solutions to conform to and meet the expectations of the public as well as those of the administrative authorities.