Success is never the result of the efforts of a single individual. Even great solo sailors like Ellen MacArthur and Giovanni Soldini require the contribution of planners and experts to successfully complete their ocean crossings. The same can be said of a large environmental organisation like CONOU, the Italian National Consortium for the Collection, Management and Treatment of Used Mineral Oils.  The organisation, founded in 1984, has its roots in the aftermath of WWII, at a time when necessity prevailed over ideology and recycling practices emerged from a lack of much-needed lubricating oil, rather than from environmental concerns that were still far off in the horizon. CONOU’s history is especially significant because it highlights – with many year’s experience and ...