Cairo is an immense city of 20 million inhabitants. Yet despite its enormous size, the informal sector of Zabbaleen garbage collectors is able to handle at least 40% of the city’s waste. The Zabbaleen do not simply collect and dispose of garbage, rather they are able to recycle nearly 85% of it, a diversion rate that is much higher than most cities in Europe and North America.
A.P.E. is proud to be working with the Zabbaleen towards the goal of Zero Waste.
The Zabbaleen are descendents of subsistence farmers who started migrating from Upper Egypt to Cairo in the 1940s.
Mariam works in Katameya in the sewing division, sewing uniforms for companies. She has been working in Katameya for 6 years and began working while completing her studies.
Samia has been at A.P.E. for 23 years; she was 22 years old when she arrived at the organisation. She rose up the ladder and now heads the department in Moquattam.
In its more than 25 years working with the Zabbaleen community, A.P.E.’s work has been repeatedly recognized by the international community.