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Evaluating and prioritizing the healthcare waste disposal center locations using a hybrid multi-criteria decision-making method
Industrial Engineering Department, Faculty of Engineering, Semnan University, Iran.
Industrial Engineering Department, Faculty of Engineering, Semnan University, Iran.
University of Skövde, School of Engineering Science. University of Skövde, Virtual Engineering Research Environment. Division of Industrial Engineering and Management, Department of Civil and Industrial Engineering, Uppsala University, Sweden. (Virtual Production Development (VPD))ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5530-3517
Department of Information Systems and Business Analytics, Kent State University, OH, USA.
2023 (English)In: Scientific Reports, E-ISSN 2045-2322, Vol. 13, no 1, article id 15130Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Healthcare waste disposal center location (HCWDCL) impacts the environment and the health of living beings. Different and sometimes contradictory criteria in determining the appropriate site location for disposing of healthcare waste (HCW) complicate the decision-making process. This research presents a hybrid multi-criteria decision-making (MCDM) method, named PROMSIS, to determine the appropriate HCWDCL in a real case. The PROMSIS is the combination of two well-known MCDM methods, namely TOPSIS and PROMETHEE. Moreover, fuzzy theory is used to describe the uncertainties of the problem parameters. To provide a reliable decision on selecting the best HCWDCL, a comprehensive list of criteria is identified through a literature review and experts’ opinions obtained from the case study. In total, 40 criteria are identified and classified into five major criteria, namely economic, environmental, social, technical, and geological. The weight of the considered criteria is determined by the Analytical Hierarchy Process (AHP) method. Then, the score of the alternative HCWDCLs in each considered criterion is obtained. Finally, the candidate locations for disposing of HCWs are ranked by the proposed fuzzy PROMSIS method. The results show that the most important criteria in ranking the alternatives in the studied case are economic, environmental, and social, respectively. Moreover, the sub-criteria of operating cost, transportation cost, and pollution are identified as the most important sub-criteria, respectively.

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Springer Nature, 2023. Vol. 13, no 1, article id 15130
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Multi-criteria decision making, Disposal center location, Healthcare waste, Fuzzy theory
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Environmental Management Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics
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Virtual Production Development (VPD)
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URN: urn:nbn:se:his:diva-23217DOI: 10.1038/s41598-023-42455-wISI: 001067753600011Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85171141630OAI: oai:DiVA.org:his-23217DiVA, id: diva2:1797310
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University of Skövde
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email: masood.fathi@his.se

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