Title: Hazardous waste transportation firm selection using fuzzy analytic hierarchy and PROMETHEE methods

Authors: Golam Kabir; Razia Sultana Sumi

Addresses: School of Engineering, University of British Columbia, Kelowna, BC, V1V 1V7, Canada ' Department of Marketing, Jagannath University, Dhaka-1100, Bangladesh

Abstract: Evaluation of the proper and appropriate hazardous industrial waste transportation firm (HIWTF) is a vital problem for hazardous waste generators as hazardous and toxic industrial wastes may cause extensive damage to both humans and the environment when improperly handled. In general, many conflicting factors affect the appropriate HIWTF selection problem which adheres to uncertain and imprecise data. In this paper, a simple, systematic and logical scientific approach is structured to evaluate HIWTF through integrating fuzzy analytical hierarchy process (FAHP) with the Preference Ranking Organization Method for Enrichment Evaluations (PROMETHEE). The proposed decision-making approach takes advantage of the synergy between these two well-known multi-criteria decision-making (MCDM) methods in which their strong and weak points are detected and a ranking is provided which facilitates the final selection for the decision maker. To accredit the proposed model, it is implemented in an automotive battery manufacturing company in Bangladesh.

Keywords: hazardous industrial waste; hazardous waste transport; multicriteria decision making; MCDM; fuzzy set theory; fuzzy AHP; FAHP; analytical hierarchy process; PROMETHEE; toxic waste; automotive batteries; battery manufacturing; Bangladesh; transport firm selection.

DOI: 10.1504/IJSTL.2015.067847

International Journal of Shipping and Transport Logistics, 2015 Vol.7 No.2, pp.115 - 136

Received: 27 Sep 2013
Accepted: 30 Jan 2014

Published online: 19 Feb 2015 *

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