Located on the hills surrounding Cairo, Moquattam is the largest of the Zabbaleen settlements scattered around the city. Moquattam is the headquarters of A.P.E. and remains the heart of the Association. The establishment of the compost plant in 1985 in Moquattam was the start of the whole association.
In 1994, A.P.E. began work on an ambitious project to upgrade the Zabbaleen squatter settlement of Torah (also known as Madinet el Wehda). A.P.E. used its 10 years of experience working in Moquattam to guide the project, whose main aims were improvements to the housing, community services, and the environmental condition of the settlement through the separation of garbage sorting and processing activities from living space.
The integrated waste management and recycling centre at Kattameya is one of the most innovative and sustainable environmental development projects in Egypt. It was originally conceived as a place for the Torah Zabbaleen to sort garbage and raise pigs away from their living space, as well as a compost production site.