Recycling Programs

Recycling Machine Production Unit – This project was started as a way to provide training and employment for marginalized youth. With the help of volunteer engineers, A.P.E. designed a number of machines for use in recycling and environmentally sound solid waste management, which are now manufactured at Kattameya.

The unit now manufactures 11 different types of machines, and employs young Zabbaleen men who are trained in the construction, use, and maintenance of these machines.
You can download APE Final Product and Machinery Catalogue 2010

Employees of this unit also help clients with market research to determine the most appropriate machinery, they construct the machines, and they also provide training in their use and maintenance. A.P.E.is very interested in sharing and transferring the accumulated knowledge of more than 25 years experience in recycling, solid waste management, and community development.

Plastic Recycling – The plastic recycling machines are simple in design and operation, but they are able to produce a large output and can recycle approximately 80% of the plastic waste collected by the garbage collectors. The workers in this unit are given extensive training in the operation of these machines and also attend literacy classes.

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Rejects of the Rejects Recycling – In consultation with recycling engineers and waste management specialists, A.P.E. has started an innovative project to recycle plastic that is deemed unrecyclable for technical reasons. This unit, which started production in 2005, takes rejected plastic, melts it at very high temperatures and combines it with sand. The result is a sturdy product that has applications such as manhole covers, bricks, and sheeting for construction sites.

PET Recycling Unit – This project was also started in 2005 to enable Kattameya to deal with polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastic, commonly used in plastic food and beverage containers. A.P.E, does not recycle the PET on-site, but cuts and crushes the plastic, which is then sold to other recyclers.