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- noun Plural form of
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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.
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.