Tuesday, November 20, 2007

recycling entrepreneur

Good for these guys who are picking up rubbish and, I presume, recycling it somehow. Wish the Government had a similar programme. T

9 Comments:

Anonymous Safadi said...

many of the jordanian "recyclers" are very poor poeple who end up with caner or respiratory or skin ailments for touching and breathing toxins and hazardous materials including but not limited to lead, asbestos, mercury, and more. most of these kids according to an NGO study done a couple of years back in Jordan and other poor countries die in their 30s or 40s max. just to put things in perspective. next time when you hear people speak of poverty and government corruption, just remember who will pay the painful price.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007  
Anonymous Khawaja M. said...

I wish GAM would design trash bins for each type of waste (paper, metal, glass....) placed instead if the current ones. I'm sure this will be a benefit for Amman and the such entrepreneurs as well.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007  
Blogger joladies said...

Actually I hate to see people having to rummage through rubbish bins and I agree with safadi that it is a dangerous occuption. But I felt that at least this guy is trying to make some money. There is an old saying 'where there is muck there is brass'. I just wish the Govt would just make it easier for us all to recycle. I know there are some NGOs who do have places to put paper etc but people are lazy. If I knew someone would collect paper once a fortnight the whole block of apartments would collect paper ready for collection. As for toxic waste eg batteries, hospital waste etc etc heaven only knows where all those go. I was reading today that a plastic bag can take between 400 to 1,000 years to degrade back into the environment. T

Tuesday, November 20, 2007  
Blogger MommaBean said...

Actually, in seems like in our neighborhood, these "recyclers" are not poor. They run what must be a profitable business as they are always dressed in slacks and button down shirts digging through our refuse. Oh, and they also pull open the bags looking for coke cans and release the rest of the trash to blow through the streets. On my street, I'm not so much a fan... Also wishing for government recycling here.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007  
Anonymous Um Omar said...

I have noticed that many of the private Islamic schools have been promoting recycling lately. Placing bins in the halls and classrooms marked for cans, paper, etc. Also educating the children about the process. InshAllah this is a step in the right direction. If the children learn, they will grow up with the knowledge and enforce it. Let's hope it grows.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007  
Anonymous Suhad said...

mommabean, how can you claim "these "recyclers" are not poor. "

you must be another voice of conscience for a jordanian west ammani bourgeois. guilt-free and impervious to the pain of others. there are no poor. they are all filthy rich preteding to be poor. right?

where do people like you come from?

Wednesday, November 21, 2007  
Blogger joladies said...

Suhad - why the attack on mommabean? She is a lovely lady. She did say they 'seem not to be poor in our neighbourhood'. I think your words show up your prejudices and just because some people live in west Amman does not make them 'guilt free and impervious to others'. Shame on you and shame on you for attacking mommabean. I wonder what your contribution to society is? Please do enlighten us. T

Wednesday, November 21, 2007  
Blogger joladies said...

I think it's going to be a long time before GAM organizes a recycling system, but in the meantime may I suggest that people sort their own refuse, as we do in my home. We store cans and glass separately and then place them beside the main bins for collection. McM

Wednesday, November 21, 2007  
Blogger MommaBean said...

Thanks T. It takes all sorts, doesn't it?

Friday, November 23, 2007  

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