According to COOU (the Italian Compulsory Consortium of Used Oils), the evaluation of its 30 years of activity is a chance to think over the potential offered by a recycling model of a substance which is fundamental to the industrial system. This model could be replicated in other sectors with a very positive impact both at economic and environmental level. The data are all collected in the “Green Economy Report”, edited by the Italy’s Foundation for Sustainable Development. Its aim was to highlight not only the environmental performances of the Consortium, but also the wider impact of its 30-years activity on the environment, the economy and the social structure of Italy. The following shows the importance of its commitment to innovation in the entire productive cycle...