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Rural waste disposal issues within urban borders

Mihai, Florin-Constantin and Iatu, Corneliu and Grozavu, Adrian (2018): Rural waste disposal issues within urban borders. Published in: 18th International Multidisciplinary Scientific GeoConference on Ecology, Economics, Education and Legislation SGEM 2018, Conference Proceedings , Vol. 18, No. 5.1 (2 July 2018): pp. 761-768.

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Abstract

The paper examines the waste management issues in the villages annexed to administrative-territorial units of the Romanian cities which have been frequently neglected by urban waste operators. The lack of waste collection services in such peri-urban communities favored the illegal waste disposal practices particularly prior to EU accession. The extension of waste collection services from main cities to such areas is compulsory in order to mitigate the environmental risks and the public health threats. The paper estimates the amounts of household waste susceptible to be uncontrolled disposed of by peri-urban villages in different geographical areas of North-East region with a particular focus on Neamt county. The paper points out that these rural settlements should receive the same attention concerning the municipal waste management services as the main urban areas. Traditional recovery of waste fractions at the household level (e.g., home composting) should be further promoted in such areas in order to avoid illegal dumping issue and to prevent the landfill of biodegradable waste as requested by EU regulations.

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