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    With a population of 18 million, Cairo, the largest city in the Middle East and Africa, has no citywide waste disposal system. A Coptic Christian community of impoverished peasants from rural Egypt, the Zaballeen saw Cairo's trash as an economic opportunity. For generations, the residents of Cairo have depended on the Zaballeen to pick up their trash. Paid only a minimal amount by residents, 60,000 Zaballeen make their living from recycling what they collect.