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Systems analysis as support for decision making towards sustainable municipal waste management – a case study
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Engineering, Physics and Mathematics.
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Engineering, Physics and Mathematics.
Norwegian University of Science and Technology.
2006 (English)In: Waste Management & Research, ISSN 0734-242X, E-ISSN 1096-3669, Vol. 24, no 4, 323-331 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

During the last decade, systems analysis has become a more frequentlyused tool in municipal waste management. Thispaper investigates how one such analysis, carried out in a Swedish county, was perceived by local municipalofficers and politicians as support in the decision-makingprocess. A questionnaire was sent to municipal officers and politicians in local government committees andmunicipal councils. The respondents consideredthe most important aspects in evaluating scenarios to be: possibilities for municipal co-operation to minimizecost and negative environmental influence; soundworking conditions for refuse disposal personnel; low emissionsof greenhouse gases; keeping household economyin mind; and using technologies that are knownand reliable. Aspects of relatively low importance were thenumber of locally generated job opportunities,and minimizing work efforts for the households. The study also showed differences between male and femalerespondents and between politicians and municipalofficers, on how scenarios were valued and on which aspects of the systems analysis were of greatest importancefor this valuation. Respondents, on average,were satisfied with the systems analysis, and its usefulness as a decision-support tool. However, more workshould be carried out to explain and presentthe results of the systems analysis to further improve its usefulness.

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Sage , 2006. Vol. 24, no 4, 323-331 p.
Keyword [en]
Decision making, mr 758-8, Municipality, Systems analysis, Waste management, Waste treatment
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Other Environmental Engineering
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URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-7311DOI: 10.1177/0734242X06066314ISI: 000239859600004Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-33746319445Local ID: 1982OAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-7311DiVA: diva2:127218
Available from: 2008-12-15 Created: 2008-12-03 Last updated: 2016-09-29Bibliographically approved

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