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Organising waste in the cityInternational perspectives on narratives and practices$
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Maria Jose Zapata and Michael Hall

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781447306375

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447306375.001.0001

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Cairo's Contested Waste: The Zabaleen's Local Practices and Privatisation Policies

Cairo's Contested Waste: The Zabaleen's Local Practices and Privatisation Policies

Chapter:
(p.159) Nine Cairo's Contested Waste: The Zabaleen's Local Practices and Privatisation Policies
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Organising waste in the city
Author(s):

Wael Fahmi

Keith Sutton

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447306375.003.0009

The chapter focus on the impacts of waste privatisation policies of solid waste management on local informal waste collectors in El Cairo and the “Garbage City”, by employing narratives of garbage collectors. The chapter deals with narratives of community mobilization and struggle against state waste governance policies. The chapter describes how a potential local-global partnership between local Zabaleens and the international waste corporations contracted by the City could not prove fruitful because of power asymmetries. Despite the loss of waste assets on behalf of local waste collectors the authors place the Zabaleen's narrative as a not-ended story and frame it in a context of radical policy action and major political events that might change the techno-institutional order in Egypt in which waste governance is embedded.

Keywords:   Waste governance, privatisation, informal waste collectors, El Cairo, community mobilization

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