16 Mar 2022
CLAIM research topic: CLAIM researchers create a review of studies about marine terrestrial plastic waste management
A recently published review paper in CLAIM’s research topic in the Frontiers in Marine Science journal examines previous studies about marine terrestrial plastic waste management, through a Multicriteria Decision Analysis (MCDA).
Authors of the articles, Luis C. Dias from Association BLC3, alongside CLAIM researchers, Murilo R. Santos, Maria C. Cunha and João R. Marques from the University of Coimbra, conducted a literature review of scientific articles in the two online databases – Web of Science and Scopus. Their work resulted in the identification of 20 relevant papers spanning case studies on three continents from 2008 to 2021.
All of the found studies revolve around the topics of plastics as a resource (material), plastics as a product (reverse logistics) and plastics as a problem (pollution). The researchers focused on how the authors used MCDA for managing plastic waste, which has relevance for researchers and practitioners. Alternative solutions were found for the selection of disposal methods for almost all types of plastic and were categorised in the review.
The authors were interested in how MCDA was employed to manage plastic trash, which is important for both researchers and practitioners. Alternative strategies for selecting disposal methods for practically all forms of plastic were discovered and classified in the review.
The most popular method was the Analytic Hierarchy Method (AHP), followed by the Technique for Order of Preference by Similarity to Ideal Solution (TOPSIS), outranking methods – MAUT/MAVT and simple weighted sums, with some studies including more than one method.
You can read the full review here.
This article is part of the research topic “Cleaning Litter by Developing and Applying Innovative Methods in European Seas” published in Frontiers of Marine Science.