Recycling Essay

2298 WordsNov 30, 201310 Pages
Ahmed Hassan Rhet 201-02 May 9, 2013 Brooke Comer What attachment the Zabaleen people have to their land of garbage. What spiritual or other bond keeps them there, and is this a positive or negative factor in terms of their future? These people could join the global world and lend to developing Egypt into a major economy- why do they self-limit? Economic development might be staggering across the world, but the quantity of garbage created by global cities is increasing. According to Forbes India, Today urban centers around the world produce over 1 billion tons of solid waste a year and it is expected to reach two billion tones by 2025. Solid waste management costs $205.4 billion at present-day and by 2025 it will increase another $100 billion. Therefore, Garbage in Egypt is becoming a real serious problem nowadays. With all that garbage in the street one must think that Egypt does not have a waste recycling program, but they do. Egypt majorly depends on work force and private communities for waste management. One of the biggest communities is the Zabaleen. The Zabaleen area also called Manshiyet Nasser is located at the base of Mokattam Hill on the outskirts of Cairo, Egypt. Christians majorly populate the Zabaleen community, and the majority of Egypt’s garbage is being collected and recycled over there. The Zabaleen community is a much-closed community; they have everything they need inside their city: schools, food, entertainment, etc. This paper intends to understand what attachment the Zabaleen people have to their land of garbage. What spiritual or other bond keeps them there, and is this a positive or negative factor in terms of their future? These people could join the global world and lend to developing Egypt into a major economy- why do they self-limit? According to Eline Gordts, The Zabaleen are progenies of survived farmers who started

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