The problem of waste management in rural areas has not been the subject of detailed specific researches, since most of the research has been directed towards the study of means, mechanisms and procedures of waste elimination in urban settlements. The reason for the reduced scope of research in this field occurs in the fact that rural settlements can not be considered as “grateful” subjects due to usual deficiency of specific data (population number, fluctuations, quantities of waste, waste composition, methods of eliminating waste, etc.). Added to that, for several decades villages eliminated waste primarily spontaneously. This has proven difficult to research because of the variations of methods applied to each specific locale, and the different environmental variables. These criteria are based on the patterns of behavior, customs and habits of the local population, but they also insist on absolute participation of local stakeholders in waste management. On the other hand, there is a significant problem in the absence of the Serbian and European legislation in this field. This paper will point to the possibility of changing the existing legislative framework, as well as varieties of actors in the process of evacuation of waste in rural areas and the possibility of their participation.
KEYWORD: waste management, rural settlements, multicriteria analysis, participation, landfill locations