Garbage City II
26 May 2016

Cairo’s garbage collectors ‘the Zabbaleen’ have created one of the most efficient recycling systems in the world. They recycle up to 80 percent of what they collect, whereas most private garbage collecting companies can only recycle 20 to 25 percent of the waste that they collect. The Zabbaleen’s method is efficient but it produces poor living conditions. They suffer from many diseases caused by working and living with garbage. And children do not always attend school since they are needed to work at home.

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View of Mokattam.

Plastic recyclers at work.

Recycling car bumpers.

Plastic recyclers at work.

Street view of Mokattam.

Street view of Mokattam.

Plastic recyclers.

Street view of Mokattam.

Plastic recyclers at work.

Street view of Mokattam.

Production of clothes hangers from recycled plastic.

Street view of Mokattam.

Plastic recycling shop.

Street view of Mokattam.

Metalworkshop.

Interior.

Poultry shop.

View of Mokattam.

Plastic recycling shop.

Boys playing pool.

Barber.

Young men carrying sorted garbage.

Melting plastic.

View of Mokattam.

Street view of Mokattam.

Tea house.

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Plastic recycling shop.

Plastic recyclers at work.

Washing plastic.

Small restaurant.

Welder.

Plastic recyclers at work.

Manufacturing of clothes hanger mould.

Plastic recycling shop.

Interior.

Street view of Mokattam.

Interior.

Baby sleeping.

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Interior.

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View of Mokattam.