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Zero Waste Genealogy: A Social Movement and the Italian Experience 1

Giulia Romano (University of Pisa, Italy)
Claudio Marciano (University of Turin, Italy)
Maria Silvia Fiorelli (University of Pisa, Italy)

Best Practices in Urban Solid Waste Management

ISBN: 978-1-80043-889-7, eISBN: 978-1-80043-888-0

Publication date: 12 July 2021


The chapter will describe the genealogy of the international social movement “Zero Waste (ZW)” and highlights its role of cultural, organizational, and scientific reference point for the waste management, in particular the public one in Italy. The chapter proposes to interpret ZW as a part of a wider social movement on “common goods” that in Italy proposed a radical critics of the neoliberal governance of local public services. The climax of this movement was the referendum of 2011, when 27 millions of Italian citizens voted against the privatization of waste, water, and transport management at an urban level. By door-to-door recycling, composting of community, pay as you throw system (PAYT), reuse centers, and environmental communication, ZW movement succeeded to create an apparatus of driver concepts for the management of waste. In particular, some of the proposed case studies were the actors that implemented the ZW strategy findings on the territory, experimenting new organizational and social practices aimed at increasing recycle and at converting the local economy into a circular one.



Romano, G., Marciano, C. and Fiorelli, M.S. (2021), "Zero Waste Genealogy: A Social Movement and the Italian Experience 1 ", Best Practices in Urban Solid Waste Management, Emerald Publishing Limited, Leeds, pp. 45-62.



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