Methodology for industrial solid waste management: implementation to sludge management in Asturias (Spain)

Waste Manag Res. 2014 Nov;32(11):1103-12. doi: 10.1177/0734242X14552552. Epub 2014 Oct 21.


Nowadays, the industry produces an enormous amount of solid waste that has very negative environmental effects. Owing to waste variety and its scattered sites of production, selecting the most proper solid waste treatment is difficult. Simultaneously, social concern about environmental sustainability rises every day and, as a consequence, improvement on waste treatment systems is being demanded. However, when a waste treatment system is being designed, not only environmental but also technical and economic issues should be considered. This article puts forward a methodology to provide industrial factories with an easy way to identify, evaluate and select the most suitable solid waste treatment.

Keywords: Solid waste; analytic hierarchy process; environmental indicators; methodology; sustainable development; waste management; waste treatment.

MeSH terms

  • Conservation of Natural Resources
  • Industrial Waste*
  • Refuse Disposal / economics
  • Refuse Disposal / methods*
  • Sewage*
  • Spain
  • Waste Disposal, Fluid / economics
  • Waste Disposal, Fluid / methods*


  • Industrial Waste
  • Sewage