CONOU has a long and interesting history. As a consortium, it has been operating since 1984. Its mission is to collect and recycle hazardous waste materials ranging from waste oil that comes from car engines to that originating in the industrial sector. Since then, it has pioneered a model of ‘circular economy’ before the term itself even existed. Here at Renewable Matter, we interviewed CONOU President Paolo Tomasi in order to recap the current emergency situation and assess the Consortium's response to it. CONOU’s remarkable results are envied across Europe. How much lubricating oil do you regenerate?To date, we have collected almost 6 million tons of waste oil, which have mostly been regenerated (~5,3 million tons). As for the remainder, a part has been employed in c...