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Geographical distribution of rural dumpsites in North-East Region from Romania

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Mihai, Florin-Constantin; Apostol, Liviu; Ghiurca, Ana-Andreea; Lamasanu, Andreea; Banica, Alexandru

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Abstract This paper proposes a spatial analysis of statistical data concerning the number and areas of rural dumpistes for local administrative units (LAU in Romanian’s rural terrirory = communes) from 6 counties of North-East region using thematic cartography.Database created at local scale is correlated with demographic factors (eg population density) taking into account the various geographical conditions between these 6 counties (Neamt,Suceava,Botosani,Iasi,Bacau and Vaslui).Rural dumpsites have been identified by the county environmental authorities in 2008 and 2009,deadline for closure and rehabilitation being July 16, 2009 .The large number of these sites reflect the lack of organized waste management system in rural territory.Sanitation services are still poorly developed in rural areas and the waste generated and uncollected are often disposed in open dumps or river banks (mainly in mountain areas).Geographic location of human settlements influences the disposal of waste, most of these dumpsites were located in their proximity.These bad practices are still present being revealed by field observations.Thus,demographic background (rural population share of total county population, population density at LAU level) and local geographical conditions (mountain,hill/plateau,plains/valley corridor) reflect the territorial disparities between counties (regional scale) and communes (local scale) regarding the geographical distribution of rural dumpsites.
Keywords garbage removal; waste disposal; waste management; rural area; geographical factors; mountain region; regional difference; environmental policy; Romania
Classification Ecology, Environment
Free Keywords household waste
Collection Title Conference Proceedings of the 12th International Multidisciplinary Scientific GeoConference
Conference 12. International Multidisciplinary Scientific GeoConference - SGEM, 2012
Document language English
Publication Year 2012
City Albena
Page/Pages p. 447-452
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.5593/SGEM2012/S20.V5060
ISSN 1314-2704
Status Preprint; peer reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works