Press release
Cairo: 27/8/2007
“Eliminating problems of rubbish in Egypt.. Fighting the shade”
Forum for Development and Human Rights Dialogue (FDHRD) issues its report on problems of rubbish in South Cairo district.

Tomorrow, on 28/8/2007, Forum for Development and Human Rights Dialogue (FDHRD) issues its report on problems of rubbish in South Cairo district. This report named “Eliminating problems of rubbish in Egypt .. Fighting the shade” and it is the second report issued by FDHRD on problems encountering citizens in South Cairo district.

This report draws attention to one of the most important problems that South Cairo district suffers from. This problem is related to the cumulative throwing of rubbish in specific spots in a random way without being collected and taken away in South Cairo district. In this regard, it is worth mentioning that this report is issued under the framework of the works of Media and Local Citizen’s program which aims to motivate and encoruage citizens to practice their citizenship’s rights on the local level and participate in the daily affairs in order to achieve the followings:
  • Attracting and encouraging citizens to have effective participation in order to establish a real link between them and the local reality.
  • Achieving integration and cooperation on the local level in order to enable individuals to fulfill their economic, political and psychological needs for their own luxury.
This issue is important in order to raise the awareness of citizens on their problems. Also, FDHRD is making use of the fact that the date of local elections is coming soon as FDHRD is issuing reports in order to raise the awareness of voters on the problems that the citizens in South Cairo districts suffer from. FDHRD hopes that after issuing such reports, the candidates who will participate in the local councils’ elections will take actions in order to solve such problems.

At the end of the report which will be issued tomorrow, the report shed light on thirteen remarks that were observed:
First: South Cairo district has turned into a place where rubbish is thrown randomly in big amount without being collected and taken away: The most important remark that was observed by the field work mission that prepared the report, was that South Cairo district has turned into a place where rubbish is gathered in big amount and in a cumulative way. The mission found 152 spots for throwing rubbish randomly and such spots are not the only spots existed in the area but they were the spots that mission was able to discover as the mission did not cover all streets and alleys but they did their best to cover most of them. The target places in South Cairo were El Sayeda Eisha, El Basateen, Dar El Salam and Ezbat El Nakhl. Such spots where rubbish is thrown randomly that were discovered were covering 150 thousand M2 with the size of 338 thousand M3 in the area of South Cairo only.

Second: El Sayeda Eisha is the biggest area in South Cairo district that has more sports for throwing rubbish randomly in comparison with other area in South Cairo. The mission found 152 spots for throwing rubbish. The area of El Sayda Eisha comes at the top of the number of the spot as there are 26 spots there and then comes Wadi Hoof area in Helwan area as there are 22 spots. Then comes the areas of El Bassateen and Dar El Salam as there are 22 spots. In El Massara area there are only 3 spots while there are 6 spots in Kotiska.

Third: The biggest size of land that the rubbish thrown in is in Dar El Salam on the level of South Cairo district:
Dar El Salam comes at the first top in the size of land that the rubbish thrown at in a rondom way without being collected and taken away as the size of land for rubbish is 29397 m2 and then comes the area of Wadi Hoof as the size of land for rubbish is 25226 m2 In addition, when measuring the size of rubbish spots, Dar El Salam comes at the top as the size of rubbish reach 72 thousand m3 and then comes the area of Wadi Hoof in Helwan as the size of rubbish there reach 47 thousand m3

Fourth: Students in South Cairo schools are surrounded by rubbish: The field work mission observed that rubbish surrounding South Cairo schools, hospitals, governmental bodies’ buildings and metros. They monitored 33 spots for rubbish around primary, preparatory and secondary school in the South Cairo district.

Fifth: Insects are there in the places surrounded by rubbish in worships’ buildings, hospitals, governmental bodies’ buildings and metro stations: The mission observed that there are 15 spots for throwing rubbish randomly around worship buildigns in South Cairo and 5 spots in front of public hospitals and three spots next to the metro station of Dar El Salam area.

Sixth: Disappearance of cleaning companies in the areas of South Cairo: One of the most important things observed by the mission is the disappearance of cleaning companies in the areas of South Cairo as the companies took back all their rubbish boxes existed before in the areas and therefore people put their rubbish in small boxes that can not take all the amount of the daily rubbish of the area. A lot of responsible people in Europe 2000 Company affirmed that the company invalidated its contract with the governorate and they only sweep streets but they do not collect rubbish.

Seven: Cleaners do not work except after they take extra money: The owners of shops and the residents in the target area affirmed that cleaners affiliated to the area’s administration or Europe company do not collect rubbish from the commercial shops except after they receive extra money from the owners of the shops although such shops pay not less than 15 L.E per month as the cleaning fees.

Eight: The area of South Cairo district suffers from the extreme shortage in cleaning workers: It was observed that there is an extreme shortage in the number of cleaners as the cleaners said that each one of them can be responsible for cleaning a whole main street which is an over load on them and therefore they are not able to do their work efficiently due to such over load.

Ninth: Paying attention to cleaning main streets only: A lot of citizens affirmed that a lot of cleaners affiliated to the area’s administration or Europe 2000 company pay attention to clean main streets only and they do not care to clean other streets or alleys. Sometimes, cleaners collect the rubbish from the main streets and throw them in other streets and alleys.

Tenth: Cleaners put the collected rubbish in a mess when they search for cartoon things and glass bottles in the rubbish:
It was observed that cleaners put the collected rubbish in a mess when they search for cartoon things and glass bottles in the rubbish. After they do the search they leave the rubbish in this mess status.

Eleventh: Inhabitants of buildings who are living in ground floors are not able to open their windows: It was observed that inhabitants of buildings who are living in ground floors are not able to open their windows because of the bad smells coming from rubbish thrown in front of the windows and because of the insects living in the rubbish.

Twelfth: Inhabitants of South Cairo district are wondering where the services they shall receive in exchange for the fees of cleaning they pay.
Inhabitants of South Cairo district are wondering where the services they shall receive in exchange for the fees of cleaning they pay when they pay their electricity bill. They said that they pay the cleaning fees to the government and then they give money to the rubbish collectors who collect rubbish from houses and they give money as well to the cleaners who affiliate to the cleaning companies or the area’s administration without receiving any services.

Thirteenth: Citizens affirm that they throw rubbish in streets in a random way because they do not have any other alternatives:
Citizens affirm that they throw rubbish near schools, worship places and hospitals in a random way because they do not have any other alternatives. They said that rubbish is cumulatively thrown in front of their houses without being collected by the cleaners. They said that they sometimes throw rubbish on purpose in front of governmental bodies’ buildings and hospitals to urge the responsible persons in their areas to give instructions to collect the rubbish but it never happens.

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