Posts Tagged ‘recycling’

Association for the Protection of the Environment (A.P.E) – About Us

February 17, 2011

APE is a non-government organization. Established in 1984 to improve the lives of garbage collectors, it is run by a 9 member board of trustees, a staff of over 50 and scores of volunteers drawn from various fields of special interest.

Today about 25,000 people live in the Mokattam (having grown from a population of 8,000 in the early 1980s) and almost all of them live off, or are involved in, garbage activities.

It is estimated that more than 40% of Cairo’s garbage is not collected formally. The garbage collectors- the zabbaleen- handle this part of the garbage produced by the 19 million inhabitants of Cairo at no cost to the city authorities.

Specifically this means that the zabbaleen collect about 7,000 tons of garbage every day and up to 90 per cent of that waste is recycled by them directly.

Since no one pays them to collect the garbage, the zabbaleen make their living from recycling what they collect. This is why the garbage industry at the Mokattam is the most efficient recycling industry in the world.  At a price.

Most zabbaleen children have not had any access to formal education. Schools, until relatively recently, were not a feature of the garbage settlements and children from an early age work with their parents either sorting waste or helping on the collection routes.

In 1997 it was estimated that of the youngsters aged 12 to 14, 66 per cent of boys and 59 per cent of girls were working.

APE aim to make a real business out of the zabbaleen work by emphasis that recycling is an important industry and that development and environmental preservation are not incompatible.

One of the APE initiatives has been the construction of a centre for workshops producing patchwork and recycled paper products. Starting by collecting rags from the textile mills and factories, the centre today teaches more than 250 young women how to sort, design, cut, sew,  weave, iron and recycle these fabrics into patchwork quilts, bedspreads, rugs, bags and other marketable items. See more under APE activities.


This piece is taken from the website of the Association for the Protection of the Environment (A.P.E).

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Universe Environment Bahrain B.S.C.

May 1, 2010

Recycling for Charity (RFC) is actively placing recycling banks in the Kingdom of Bahrain. The goal is to install 75 banks in the first stage, and strategically place them at supermarkets, cinema complexes and leisure destinations where it will be easy for all members of the community to visit. We plan to introduce recycling to those who are not familiar with it, and encourage residents to make it a part of their daily life.

A nationwide educational program to help foster awareness of recycling and its benefits amongst the young generation has been embarked. The goal is to promote ways of saving the environment which not only educates the children but also encourages them to spread the importance of recycling and environmental concerns to their families.

The recycling banks are emptied regularly, resources are processed and sold off to the local and world market. For every ton of material processed and sold, about BHD15 will be donated to local charities. That might not sound like much, but the plant will soon reach the maximum capacity to process 65,000 tons a year in 24/7 operation – about 10% of all recyclable waste produced in Bahrain and currently buried in landfill.

Scope of Project: Design, Business Development and Management
Headquarter Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain
Target market: Kingdom of Bahrain
Business Collection, Processing & Sales of Recyclates
Authorized Capital: 1,000,000 BHD
Project Volume: 2,500,000 BHD
Share: 10%

This piece is taken from the website of Universe Projects.

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Using Recycled Water: Islamic Approach

March 21, 2010
Name of Questioner Ahmad   – United States
  Title Using Recycled Water: Islamic Approach
  Question What is the Islamic position on recycled water? In many countries used water is now recycled. It is mostly used for agricultural and industrial purposes, but is it considered pure?
  Date 05/Jun/2007
  Name of Counsellor Muzammil Siddiqi
  Topic Impurities & methods of purification
In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

All thanks and praise are due to Allah and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger.

Dear questioner! Thanks for your question. May Allah help us have our efforts come up to your expectation,

It is to be stated firstly that Islam is the religion of purity. It commands Muslims to pay much attention to the purity and the beautifulness of their appearance as well as their deeds. It urges them to purify their hearts from envy and grudge and their deeds from showing off. The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) teaches us that Allah loves those who are pure and clean, those who keep themselves far remote from dirtiness and sin. Almighty Allah says: (Truly Allah loveth those who turn unto Him, and loveth those who have a care for cleanness.) (Al-Baqarah 2: 222)

Coming to the question in point, the eminent Muslim scholar Dr. Muzammil H. Siddiqi, President of the Fiqh Council of North America, states the following:

Before answering your question, let me say a few words about the Islamic concern for the care and preservation of water. Water is a very valuable resource for life and a great gift from Allah. The Qur’an talks about water sixty-three times. Allah says: (We made from water every living thing.) (Al-Anbiya’ 21: 30) Almighty Allah also tells us that He has given water for all of his living creation. He says: (Tell them that the water is to be shared by all of them.) (Al-Qamar 54: 28) Water should be used with great care and should not be polluted or wasted.

There are many Hadiths that forbid the pollution of water. Imam Ibn Majah reports that a person was making ablution and he was using too much water. Upon seeing him, the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said: “What is this waste?” The man said: “Is there a waste in ablution also, O Messenger of Allah?” The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said: “Yes, even if you were near a flowing river.”

Unfortunately, there is a great waste of this valuable resource. The result is that there is a shortage of water all over the world. Countries are fighting each other or trying to control the water resources of others. Everywhere there is discussion going on currently to preserve water. We must use water wisely but we have to save this resource and keep it clean and pure as much as possible.

Recycling is a method of cleaning and preservation. It is being used in many Muslim countries as well. It should be encouraged. Some Muslim jurists and scholars have discussed this topic. There is a great need to discuss this subject in greater details and rules and regulations should be given in the light of the Shari`ah and modern science. We Muslims should be in the forefront of this study.

Briefly I can say that the basic rule of the Shari`ah about water is that by nature it is pure as long as its taste, color and smell have not changed. Nature also recycles itself. Allah has put some laws in nature by which it restores itself. Some recycling methods are very much like natural methods, but in a faster way. If a recycling method restores the taste, color and smell of some unclean water to its original level, then it will become pure. It can be then used for washing clothes, for making ablution and even for drinking purposes, if it is good for health. We must keep in mind that sometimes water looks like water, tastes and smells like water, but it could be very unhealthy and even deadly. Such water must not be used, not because it is impure but because it is unhealthy and dangerous.

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