Quando Rossano è venuto le prime volte in Valdisieve a parlarci di rifiuti zero e zero inceneritori, i nostri amministratori lo prendevano in giro perchè era SOLO un "maestro elementare" (come dire...... che ne sa lui di gestione dei rifiuti, mica vorrà insegnarcelo a noi?).
Con questo riconoscimento, definito “il Nobel dell’ecologia”, chissà che diranno ora?
- Sustainable Development
In Italy and throughout Europe, incineration has been the leading
approach to waste management. Consumerism and production has accelerated
this trend, rapidly filling landfills and creating a bigger demand for
In 1994, construction plans for an incinerator
were proposed in a small town in Tuscany. Yet residents were not
informed about the impact of the incinerator. Every year, incinerators
remove thousands of tons of material from the recycling stream and burn
them, releasing greenhouse gases into the atmosphere and leaving behind
toxics that endanger the health of nearby residents.
teacher at an elementary school not two miles from the proposed
incinerator, Rossano Ercolini had heard of cities like San Francisco
that were successfully working to eliminate waste. He taught his
students to recycle paper and replaced plastic water bottles and plastic
utensils in the school lunchroom with pitchers, glasses and silverware.
When Ercolini heard about construction plans for the
incinerator, he became concerned about the local residents’ health. He
saw his responsibility as an educator to protect students’ well-being
and inform the broader community about the incinerator’s risks as well
as solutions to sustainably manage the town’s garbage.
began organizing town hall meetings in his village, Capannori—the
capital of Italy’s paper mill industry—where residents were able to ask
questions and get clear answers about the whys and hows of recycling. He
brought a bag of mixed waste and demonstrated how to sort out metal,
glass and plastic to recycle and food scraps for composting and
livestock feed. He brought in scientists, clergy, and other experts to
share information about the dangers of incineration as well as the
economic and environmental benefits of Zero Waste.
to see that it was indeed possible to manage waste without having to
rely on incineration. Building on this momentum, Ercolini formed
Ambiente e Futuro (Environment and Future) and began mobilizing street
protests where citizens demanded authorities to stop plans for the
incinerator. In response to the community’s concerns, Lucca’s regional
government officials canceled the incinerator’s construction and put
Ercolini in charge of developing a waste management plan. He went door
to door to get the community’s input on alternatives to the incinerator,
empowering them to propose solutions that would work for them. A year
later, Capannori began implementing a new collection system that now
recycles 82 percent of the city’s waste. The larger province of Lucca is
now incinerator-free following the closure of two existing plants, and
the government is committed to keeping incinerators out of the
Ercolini is also looking at the bigger picture,
working with companies to use packaging that produces less waste. For
example, he’s collaborating with Italy’s largest manufacturer of coffee
products, Lavazza, to develop reusable versions of single-use espresso
capsules. He is also promoting Zero Waste as an opportunity to create
jobs, where young people are trained to refurbish durable goods or break
them down to recover metals and other material.
a springboard for the nation’s Zero Waste movement, which soon grew to
include Naples—a strategic location given its dysfunctional waste
collection system that left garbage piling up and burning on the
streets. Ercolini successfully proposed the city to host Zero Waste
International Alliance’s 2009 global meeting. A few months later, the
city of Naples joined Capannori in adopting Zero Waste.
the grassroots campaign led by Ercolini educating communities on the
merits of Zero Waste, 40 incinerators have been scrapped or shut down
and 117 municipalities (home to more than 3 million residents) have
joined Capannori in adopting a goal of Zero Waste. In November 2012,
for the first time in Europe, the small but affluent region of Aosta
passed a referendum banning incineration with overwhelming support from
90 percent of voters. Ercolini’s efforts have sparked the beginning of a
Zero Waste network throughout Europe, with countries such as England,
Estonia, Spain, and Denmark following Italy’s lead.
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