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Egypt's Recycling Community

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People Pick Up Where Companies and Government Fail

Uploaded by Al Jazeera English

"Cairo has one of the most efficient garbage recycling systems in the world, and that's due to the community of garbage collectors known as the Zebbaleen.

They collect the trash every night and sort it by hand, recycling up to 80 per cent of the waste they collect.

They also use pigs to eat the organic waste they collect, but figures have decreased in the last year, when the government culled them over the swine flu outbreak.

Still, companies hired to pick up the trash recycle only a fraction of that."

This video was produced by Al Jazeera English