working in small factories inside Mokattam. the plastic is cleaned and cut into small particles, packed and exported mainly to China.. the Centre for Human Settlements ( UN) designate the work done in Mokattan as one of the ten best examples of the world in environmental improvement..the Zabbaleen recycle up to 80 percent of the waste that they collect, whereas most Western garbage collecting companies can only recycle 20 to 25 percent of the waste that they collect.The Zabbaleen are a minority religious community of Coptic Christians who have served as Cairo's informal garbage collectors for approximately the past 70 to 80 years. Zabbaleen means "Garbage people" in Egyptian Arabic.. There are over forty thousand people living there. They include more than 17,000 garbage collectors or zabbaleen, who live in dusty squatter settlements of teeming, narrow dirt lanes. There they sort and recycle the garbage produced by Cairo's burgeoning population. .