Solid Waste in Undeveloped Countries

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Fri, 20 Nov 1998 11:19:08 -0600

Tattered community recycles Cairo rubbish
CAIRO (Reuters) - Every day before dawn, ragged men and boys set out on
creaking donkey carts to gather the mounds of rubbish that spill onto the
streets of Cairo. But the 700 or so carts are fighting a losing battle in a
fast-growing city that produces an estimated 8,000 tons of rubbish a day,
only 60% of which is collected. When their carts are piled high, the
rubbish collectors - Zabaleen in Arabic - head for home where their wives
and daughters sift out paper, glass, rags and other materials that can be
recycled. The Zabaleen say attitudes pose at least as serious a threat to
them as their unsanitary lifestyles and their perilous wanderings through
traffic. See full story

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