In 2018, the population of Egypt has reached 99 million people and most of them think it is normal to throw their waste right in the street. Some of you may say it is due to lack of education, which is only partially true, because even well educated people who can afford fancy cars throw their waste right out of the car windows. In fact, this issue has deeper roots.
Sometimes you may hear something like: “If this country is full of trash, why should I make an effort to keep it clean, it won’t make a difference”, but in reality it will. Imagine if every resident of this beautiful country went out to the street and left at least one piece of trash there, what would they look like? Streets covered with layers of plastic bottles, plastic bags, packaging and food scraps. Not the most pleasant view, right?
Now imagine, on the contrary, if every resident picked up at least one piece of trash (let’s say one plastic bottle) and threw it into the waste bin, this country would be cleaner and free of 99 million discarded bottles!
Earlier we mentioned that the trash bins installed by the government were stolen after a while, so indeed Egypt is lacking trash bins. Time has passed, there are more concerned people now. Imagine if every kiosk or shop, every residential building and every restaurant installed a trash bin at their entrance and passed all the collected waste to Zabbaleen or waste collecting companies; what if everyone had a trash bin or a garbage bag in their car, then Cairo streets would be all clean!
We can not avoid producing and leaving waste after us (unless we practice Zero Waste lifestyle), but what we can do is to manage it properly, instead of throwing it in the streets. You always have a choice where to leave your waste, so make the right one.
What is your experience with regards to waste disposal? Do you think you and your friends can organize waste collecting bins in your cars and neighborhoods? Would you take a step to suggest people this idea?
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