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Rural waste management: challenges and issues in Romania

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Apostol, Liviu; Mihai, Florin-Constantin

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Abstract Rural areas of the new EU Member States face serious problems in compliance of EU regulation on waste management. Firstly, the share of rural population is higher and it has lower living standards and secondly, the waste collection services are poorly-developed covering some rural regions. In this context, open dumping is used as an appropriate waste disposal solution generating complex pollution. This paper analyzes the disparities between Romanian counties regarding the rural population access to waste collection services in 2008 which reflects the geographical distribution of rural dumpsites in 2009. It examines on one hand, the role of waste management services to reduce illegal dumping and on the other hand, the dysfunctions of traditional waste management system from rural areas and their implications on local environment.
Keywords waste management; garbage removal; rural area; Romania; environmental pollution; EU; environmental policy
Classification Ecology, Environment
Free Keywords municipal waste; landfills
Document language English
Publication Year 2012
Page/Pages p. 105-114
Journal Present Environment and Sustainable Development, 6 (2012) 2
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works