This thesis is done at the American University in Cairo, and titled "Optimization of Municipal Solid Waste Management in Port Said". This thesis is presented by Mohamed Fathy Abd El-Rahman Mohamed Badran, under the supervision of Dr. Salah El-Haggar. Optimization of solid waste management systems was not applied to any Egyptian govemorate using any operational research methodologies. A new concept is arising in the collection activity of municipal solid waste management which is the use of collection stations. This concept was not used in Egypt. In this work, a proposed model for the municipal solid waste management system in Port Said was modeled with the inclusion of the collection station concept in the collection activity. Mixed integer programming was used to minimize the cost of transportation of waste between different facilities, the fixed and the variable cost of the different facilities of the proposed municipal solid waste management system model for Port Said. The solution of this model was done using MPL software V 4.2. The result of this model will undergo further calculations to include the other fixed operation costs and the revenues of the system to obtain the profit incurred using this model. The result of this model showed that the best model would include twenty seven collection stations of fifteen ton daily capacity and two collection stations of ten ton daily capacity. Moreover, there shouldn't be any transfer of waste between the collection station and the landfill. In addition, the flow from the source to the collection station should be unlimited to certain collection stations. The cost of the objective function for this solution was 10122.38LE/day. After the further calculations, the profit of the proposed model was 49655.8L.E./day.


School of Sciences and Engineering


Interdisciplinary Engineering Program

Date of Award


Online Submission Date


First Advisor

Salah El Haggar

Committee Member 1

Nahed Sobhi Abdel Nour

Committee Member 2

Lotfi Gaafar

Committee Member 3

Mohamed N.Abou Zeid

Document Type



127 leaves

Library of Congress Subject Heading 1

Refuse and refuse disposal

Library of Congress Subject Heading 2

Refuse and refuse disposal


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Call Number

Thesis 2003/48