Cairo - Egypt

The Human Face of the Garbage Industry

In the centre of Cairo, at the foot of the Mokattam, live the garbage collectors, called ‘zabbaleen’ in Arabic. This unique community has created the world’s most efficient re-cycling industry, in fact, more than 90% of the total collected garbage is recycled.

The “Association for the Protection of the Environment” (APE) is working to improve their living conditions and, in the words of UNESCO, to restitute some of their human dignity. The magnificent achievement of this unique community and the works of the APE have attracted the attention of the international community. The attention has turned into acknowledgment and the acknowledgment into numerous international awards.

We need your help in order for the APE to continue its pioneering work with this unique community.


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