Title: Application of Geographical Information System (GIS) in optimisation of waste collection for Alandur Municipality in South Chennai, India

Authors: T.E. Kanchanabhan, Srinivasan Selvaraj, V. Lenin Kalyana Sundaram, J. Abbas Mohaideen

Addresses: Department of Civil Engineering, Sathyabama University, Jeppiaar Nagar, IT highway, Chennai 600119, India. ' ASK Consultancy Services, Shenoy Road, Nungambakkam, Chennai 600034, India. ' Centre for Water Resources, Anna University, Chennai 600025, India. ' Maamallan Institute of Technology, Sriperumpudur – 602105, Chennai, India

Abstract: The population outburst in urban areas had resulted in a substantial increase in the generation of Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) and challenged with waste management. Issam et al. (2007) pointed out that most of the cities which is burning the waste in open dumps lacks in proper health and safety requirements. Alandur which is under Alandur Municipal Corporation (AMC) generate nearly 80 MT MSW every day. Due to improper institutional mechanism for collection and conveyance of waste, an engineered design for storage, collection and conveyance using GIS incorporating route optimisation had been discussed in this paper.

Keywords: MSW; municipal solid waste; GIS; geographic information systems; solid waste management; waste collection; India; route optimisation.

DOI: 10.1504/IJEWM.2011.039478

International Journal of Environment and Waste Management, 2011 Vol.7 No.3/4, pp.395 - 410

Published online: 24 Jan 2015 *

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