Investigation of the spatial relationship of municipal solid waste generation in Turkey with socio-economic, demographic and climatic factors

Keser, Saniye
This thesis investigates the significant factors affecting municipal solid waste (MSW) generation in Turkey. For this purpose, both spatial and non-spatial tech¬niques are utilized. Non-spatial technique is ordinary least squares (OLS) regression while spatial techniques employed are simultaneous spatial autoregression (SAR) and geographically weighted regression (GWR). The independent variables include socio-economic, demographic and climatic indicators. The results show that nearer provinces tend to have similar solid waste generation rate. Moreover, it is shown that the effects of independent variables vary among provinces. It is demonstrated that educational status and unemployment are significant factors of waste generation in Turkey.