Document Type: Original Article
School of Industrial Engineering, South Tehran Branch, Islamic Azad University, Tehran, Iran
School of Industrial Engineering, College of Engineering, University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran
Department of Industrial Engineering, Nowshahr Branch, Islamic Azad University, Nowshahr, Iran
This study concentrates on designing a medical waste management system with a hierarchical structure, including a local government and a waste management planner. The upper-level seeks to design and control the waste management facilities by minimizing the environmental risks related to the disposal of medical waste. While, the lower-level model is to determine the waste collection plans by only minimizing its total operational costs. Therefore, this study develops a bi-level mathematical model, in which the benefits of the both stakeholders are taken into account. As this problem poses difficulty in searching for the optimal solution, a bi-level meta-heuristic approach based on the Genetic Algorithm (GA) is employed for solving the problem. Finally, a case study is conducted to show that the proposed model and solution approach are practical and efficient.