Rossano Ercolini is a primary school teacher who became a Zero Waste activist when an incinerator was planned for his town of Capannori in Northern Italy. Judi Logue & Jim Keys of Zero Waste North West met him at the 2015 Zero Waste Conference in Sofia, Bulgaria.
What was evident from the conference was that the transformation Rossano inspired in Italy is a wave spreading across Europe. This is a powerful message of hope from Northern Italy to Northern Ireland via Bulgaria.
Having stopped the incinerator in Capanori, Rossano Ercolini went on to stop incinerators across Italy; and ultimately was awarded the 2013 Golden Environmental Prize for “Outstanding Environmental Achievement in Europe” .