An American in Cairo’s ‘Garbage City’

By Sadie Bass

Jun 11, 2009 4:24pm

ABC’s Ben Barnier reports from Cairo:

For centuries – long before anyone heard of recycling – a community in Cairo, Egypt, dubbed “Garbage City” has been collecting the mega-city’s trash.
 
Still today, around 20,000 people live in that slum, painstakingly sorting out the garbage and re-selling it to make a living.
 
American philanthropist Thomas Culhane recently fell in love with the people of this slum. He found that the best way to help was to introduce the people of Garbage City to cutting edge biogas systems, which convert garbage into methane cooking gas.  Culhane’s project is not only saving the residents money, it’s helping them see they too can lead the way in green technologies.

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