Quantitative Assessment Method of Illegal Dumping in Small Rivers Case Study: NeamÈ› County, Romania

Florin Constantin MIHAI


Poor waste management facilities  from Romanian rural areas lead to uncontrolled waste disposal on improper sites. These bad practices are frequently   in the the proximity of built-up areas , therefore, the  small rivers inside these areas are susceptible  to waste dumping. The paper aims to develop  a quantitative  assessment  method  of waste disposed into  such small rivers from extra-Carpathian region of Neamț county. The lack of organized waste collection services from 2003 lead to high values of waste disposed in such rivers frequently over 15  t/yr  for each one. Despite some improvements compared to 2003 the small rivers inside  built-up areas of villages are still highly exposed to waste dumping. The values vary depending on demographic and geographic features of each locality and on the other side, due to the presence of an organized waste collection system.The results and  comparative analysis between 2003 and 2010 show some positive changes but the illegal dumping issue is far from being eliminated.



assessment method, illegal dumping, rivers, waste management, rural areas

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15835/buasvmcn-agr:9239

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