Journal of Material Cycles and Waste Management

, Volume 20, Issue 2, pp 1337–1347 | Cite as

Waste collection in rural communities: challenges under EU regulations. A case study of Neamt County, Romania

  • Florin Constantin Mihai


The paper aims to examine the changes in the rural waste management sector at regional scale since the Romania adhesion to the EU in 2007. The traditional waste management based on the mixed waste collection and waste disposal often on improper sites prevailed in municipal waste management options of transitional economies across the globe. The lack of formal waste collection services in rural areas has encouraged the open dumping or backyard burning. The paper analyzes the improvements and challenges of local authorities to fulfill the new EU requirements in this sector supported by data analysis at local administrative unit levels and field observations. Geographical analysis is compulsory to reveal the local disparities. The paper performs an assessment of waste collection issues across 78 rural municipalities within Neamt County. This sector is emerging in rural areas of Eastern Europe, but is far from an efficient municipal waste management system based on the waste hierarchy concept.


Waste collection Waste management Municipal waste Rural areas EU 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Research, Faculty of Geography and Geology“Alexandru Ioan Cuza” University of IasiIasiRomania

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