#Egypt #travel Zabbaleen: Trash Town. A whole community in Egypt that lives on rubbish





Tens of thousands of people live in Zabbaleen, on the outskirts of Cairo, Egypt, they all make a living out of recycling the entire capital city’s refuse. Their whole town is practically a giant dump and it provides them with almost everything they need: from kids’ toys to fodder for livestock. Even their pigs play an important part in recycling food waste. Most important of all though, the dump provides livelihoods for the people of Zabbaleen.
Every one of the rubbish collectors plays their own part, gathering, transporting or sorting the rubbish. Collectively, everyone in the community performs a highly efficient job of recycling Cairo’s refuse. This allows the trash town to be self-sufficient and largely independent from the rest of the city. The place has its own rules, everyone is allocated their own patch of Cairo, no one would think of collecting from someone else’s area. Zabbaleen even has an unofficial mayor.
Trash town has its own shops, cafes and a local school for the children. Of course it’s every Zabbaleen parent’s dream for their child to get a good education so they can build a better life elsewhere. More commonly though, the kids start working on the dump at a young age and follow in their parents’ footsteps to become rubbish collectors as well. The people of Zabbaleen do wish their lives weren’t as hard but feel no shame in their occupation. They see their work as socially important and pride themselves in providing for their families. After all, it’s a dirty job but someone has to do it.

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  1. Does anyone else feel sorry for the donkeys? Bless them, they are beautiful animals but always treated badly & worked till they die, so sad!

  2. We visited me and my family Egypt this year and what i saw there's alot of poverty and Lack of awareness in Egypt, a simple example in hallway inside the pyramid "the dirtiness" Also in streets

  3. الله ياربي على اخوتنا المصريين الله يعطيهم من فضله ويسهل امورهم ويرزقهم من حيث لا يحتسبون قلبي معكم ياشعب مصر اختكم من المغرب

  4. DEAR ZABALLEAN, SO CLOSE TO PURE ENERGY – HOW MANY ACTUAL FAMILY SECTS, HOW MUCH METAL A WEEK ETC , MELTED FORGED RESOLD OR HELD FOR BULK SALE , PLASTIC HAUL AT SAME PRINCIPLE , WOOD SOLD TO CONCRETE PLANTS , CARDBOARD IS A PAPER OR CARDBOARD COMPANY JUST NEEDS FREE ( HOT ) WATER PRESSES AND PLATES ETC .
    HOW LONG TIL YOU SEE THE FREE LAND , TOWN AND LIFESTYLES AVAILABLE ? WHO IS DUMPING THE RUBBISH – STREAMLINE THE PROCESS AND SEE HOW MUCH RUBBISH YOU MAKE IN THAT SEAT.
    SOLAR POWER, TVS, BBQ NIGHTS ( EVERYDAY ) NEW TRADES TO ATONE TO / LEARN ETC : LIVE WELL LIVE BIG : FARMING IS A BIG FAMILY TICKET

  5. who decides man's fate … have you asked yourself umaga na naman sana laging gabi wondering how we will survive the next day … are these people still afraid of any virus … another question … i wish i was not born have you asked it to yourself … ah too many questions but the answers are few … good morning

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