Under the solgan of "thermovalorization" (obtaining energy by burning wate) the Tuscan Region authority is planning to build one of the largest waste incinerators in Europe at Case Passerini, in the municipality of Sesto Fiorentino.
Citizens have been informed that the kilns that will burn every kind of waste day and night will be totally harmless for people’s health. The incinerator project has been discussed for over 15 years now. It would be built only 5 km away from the Dome and the Brunelleschi’s Cupola and it would have a severe impact with its 70 m high tower-smokestack. The area is alread the site of a big landfill that has a high impact on the environment and of the Florence airport, that is also supposed to be enlarged in order to become an intercontinental airport; this would obviously increase the amount of pollution on Florence and its surroundings. There is also the North entrance/exit of the highway, often very congested, and last but not least, not too far from there the new Florence’s Stadium will be built. The level of pollution in the area will skyrocket. And ironically enough that is the area declared a Natural Park only a few years ago and that received a significant economic investments from the local government. There certainly are alternative solutions and the Municipality of Capannori, a town about 70 km from Florence, can prove it: thanks to the separate collection of waste, the recycling rates has reached the 82% of the total. The people are opposing to this project, alongside with opposing the building of a new international airport, which would increase pollution in the Piana of Florence.
Opposition has been growing and tens of thousands of people marched in Florence on May 14th 2016, in opposition to the incineration project. With over 200 groups supporting the action over 20,000 people turned out to express their opposition to the incinerator. Around the world campaigning groups and activists from Zero Waste and GAIA and other groups demonstrated their support for the people of Florence.The local group Mamme No Incineritore had a strong presence on the demonstration, presenting a powerful message of opposition by the Mothers of Florence to the incineration plans.