Ecology, Environment and Conservation Paper

Vol 21, Issue 4, 2015; Page No.(1685-1693)


Atefeh Mir and Saeed Mohammadi


The present investigation is a case study of Zabol, in Iran, which succumbs to a major problemof municipal solid waste and its management. In particular, to account for the best solution for all aspects of waste management particularly is the use of a SWOT matrix. In this study waste management system in the city of Zabol using SWOT model and QSPM has been studied. After consideration of environmental factors including internal and external waste management systems, strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats were identified. Then in the spectral Likert scale, the importance of each of these factors and components of the expert survey was conducted. Completed questionnaires were conducted in conformity with the general principles of the Delphi method. In the second stage, those factors that the participants in the study were unable to get good scores, were excluded from the study and for the rest of the evaluation matrix with 1.86 rating and final score of external factors evaluation matrix with 2.11 indicates poor performance of the waste management area that is studied. According to the final scores, the current status matrix consists of the model strategies SWOT, defensive strategies as the strategy set for QSPM matrix is selected. Finally, given the attractiveness score to strategy, “Creating sustainable and available sources for providing costs and credits of waste management requirements” As the most important strategy the highest rating introduced.

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