This article was published in Ecoscienza 5/2015; www.arpa.emr.it/ecoscienza/rivista.asp?id=49   Can we comprehend that waste management is a “wicked” problem: a really complex problem, not just a “little complicated”? When we are dealing with a wicked problem, it is never clear whether it has been solved and in any case it presents some specific characteristics that require attention and creativity. There is nothing worse that tackling a wicked problem as if it were a “classical” or simplifiable problem adopting methods not suitable for its complexity leading to partial solutions (namely non solutions) that do not understand and deal with the fundamental features of the problem.  Despite recognizing that the first priority is to put under investigation the link betw...