Zabbaleen: A life in Cairo's garbages

Collection with 17 media items created by Simon Letellier

Egypt 11 Jul 2013 23:11

The Zabbaleen are teenagers and adults who have served as Cairo's informal garbage collectors for approximately the past 70 to 80 years. Zabbaleen means "Garbage people" in Egyptian Arabic. The Zabbaleen are also known as Zarraba, which means "pig-pen operators."

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Egypt's Garbage Slums (3 of 14)
Cairo, Egypt
By Simon Letellier
22 May 2012

A family sorts through garbage in the street and filters material that could be recycled in Cairo, Egypt. June, 2012.

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Egypt's Garbage Slums (14 of 14)
Cairo, Egypt
By Simon Letellier
22 May 2012

The Zabaleen earn their livelihood by sorting and recycling the city’s waste. Different families and areas within Manshiyat Naser specialize in different recycling projects, focusing on turning organic waste, metals, plastic bottles or animal bones into marketable products. . May 2012.

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Egypt's Garbage Slums (5 of 14)
Cairo, Egypt
By Simon Letellier
22 May 2012

A young man bears a bag of cans that need to be recycled in Cairo, Egypt. May 2012.

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Egypt's Garbage Slums (7 of 14)
Cairo, Egypt
By Simon Letellier
22 May 2012

The Zabaleen earn their livelihood by sorting and recycling the city’s waste. The government rarely tends to the slum settlement and relies on the them to do the necessary but dirty work. Cairo, Egypt. May 2012.

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Egypt's Garbage Slums (4 of 14)
Cairo, Egypt
By Simon Letellier
22 May 2012

A truck hauls mountains of trash that needs to be recycled through the streets of Cairo, Egypt. May 2012.

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Egypt's Garbage Slums (9 of 14)
Cairo, Egypt
By Simon Letellier
22 May 2012

An elderly couple sort through heaps of trash in their home in Cairo, Egypt. May 2012.

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Egypt's Garbage Slums (8 of 14)
Cairo, Egypt
By Simon Letellier
22 May 2012

The Zabaleen earn their livelihood by sorting and recycling the city’s waste. It’s estimated that the Zabaleen recycle some 80 percent of the garbage they collect. Cairo, Egypt. May 2012.

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Egypt's Garbage Slums (6 of 14)
Cairo, Egypt
By Simon Letellier
22 May 2012

A garbage collector searches for recyclable trash that could turn into marketable products in Cairo, Egypt. May 2012.

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Egypt's Garbage Slums 10
Cairo, Egypt
By Simon Letellier
22 May 2012

Boys drinking a tea in a café while a a girl is passing in front of bundle of garbage in the street.

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Egypt's Garbage Slums (2 of 14)
Cairo, Egypt
By Simon Letellier
22 May 2012

Space remains a luxury in Garbage City as the population continues to increase along with the amount of garbage there is to collect and recycle. Cairo, Egypt. May, 2012.

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Egypt's Garbage Slums (10 of 14)
Cairo, Egypt
By Simon Letellier
22 May 2012

A baby lies on a stack of cardboard boxes in a garbage collector's trash infested home in Cairo, Egypt. May 2012.

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Egypt's Garbage Slums (13 of 14)
Cairo, Egypt
By Simon Letellier
22 May 2012

Plastic shampoo bottles are sorted together to be recycled in Cairo, Egypt. May 2012.

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Egypt's Garbage Slums (12 of 14)
Cairo, Egypt
By Simon Letellier
22 May 2012

A young man recycles plastic by using a machine that shreds, melts and cuts material into plastic pellets which are then packaged and sold in Cairo, Egypt. May 2012.