The Zaballeen are the people of the poor neighborhood of Cairo, Egypt, who have developed an economy from collecting the city’s trash for generations. These 60,000 ‘Garbage Collectors,’ independent from the government, recycle about 80% of Cairo’s trash and help maintain the cleanliness of the city with a population of 18 million people. There is a new documentary on the zaballeen called, Garbage Dreams, directed and filmed by our guest, MAI IKSANDER who followed three teenagers and their families to get their perspective of their inherited class. We’ll also talk to T.H. CULHANE, an urban planner, who has worked with the Zaballeen in installing rooftop solar water heaters and other renewable energy, water and waste management systems.
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