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  • noun Plural form of Zabaleen.


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  • In Cairo, there are the Zabaleens who live in slums around the city, and toil and try to make ends meet by collecting and selling garbage; in Brazil, Mexico and across Latin America, there are the favelas where millions of impoverished people live.

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  • The way the Zabaleens have made an industry out of garbage really shows the true potential of an organized recycling lifestyle and offers a new definition of the word 'trash' to a world that produces so much of it.


  • Just a single pair of Zabaleens, working with a horse-drawn carriage, are able to collect the trash from 350 of Cairo's homes and businesses.


  • The Zabaleens are reportedly despised by the residents of Cairo -- and probably aren't invited to many dinner parties.



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