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ZEBALTY

Student: Sarah Ragab
Type of work: Digital service, interaction design
Supervision:
Jochen Braun, Noha el Taher
Year: 2013

ZEBALTY is an environmental project aiming to locate/avoid illegal dumps. Users can use our platform to request trash removal as well report illegal dumps in their regions, we believe that these individual reports really show the reality and scope of trash problem in Egypt and would help us take action and create public pressure on authorities. We want to demonstrate the corruption and how the foreign trash companies system is inefficient.

Background
Egypt and specifically Cairo have been suffering from the problem of trash since long ago. A world's Bank repost estimates that Egypt loses around 0.5% of its GDP (Gross Domestic Product) due to its inefficient solid waste policies. The word Zabal (plural: zabaleen) refers to teenagers and adults who have served Cairo's informal garbage collectors since the 1940s. In 2015 the number of Zabaleen was estimated to be 70,000. The Zabaleen are responsible for collecting, recycling and disposting the garbage. They were originally employed by the government, however they have been operating in an unofficial way resulting in being treated as outlaws by the government and society. Zebalty (meaning my trash) is an interactive website for connecting households to zabaleen within an organised mechanism.

INSIGHT RESEARCH

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SERVICE BLUEPRINTS

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General observation
It is very common to see drivers, people throw bottle cans, papers ..etc at the street while driving/walking, people dumping their trash in streets, the streets of egypt became drawning with trash and people tend not to take action towards that.

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WHO IS INVOLVED?

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DESIGN CONCEPT

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How it works?
Individuals and/or communities suffering from trash accumulation register in Zebalty to add their location as an area that needs a trash collective service. Zebalty's users then spread the word on social media and within their communities in order to get the service funded. After the needed funds are obtained, the zabaleen are resposible for collecting the trash in assigned areas for a fixed monthly salary. Finally the users can submit their feedback about the service.

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FINAL EXPERIENCE