In Garbage Dreams you visit the world's largest garbage village, on the outskirts of Cairo. It is the home to 60,000 Zaballeen, Arabic for garbage people. Far ahead of any modern green initiatives, the Zaballeen survive by recycling 80 percent of the garbage they collect. Take on the role of the Zaballeen. Start with one neighborhood, one factory, and on hungry goat. You have 8 months to build your recycling empire and get Cairo's total recycling as high as you can. Can you be as eco-savvy as the Zaballeen?
Our planet has a garbage problem. We simply consume too much and produce too much waste, while we reuse or recycle too little. What isn’t recycled is frequently placed in landfills, burned, or left where it can damage the environment.
In the United States alone, each person creates almost five pounds of trash daily. This translates into Americans generating approximately 230 million tons of trash each year. Only a fraction of this garbage — about 32 percent — gets recycled.
Recycling has already had a strong impact on the way we manage waste. In the United States, 1,500 aluminum cans are recycled every second. Recycling one can saves 90 percent of the energy used to make a new can, and produces 95 percent less air pollution and 97 percent less water pollution. One ton of recycled paper pulp saves more than a dozen trees, and prevents large amounts of air pollutants from entering the ecosystem. Recycling is now legally required by many U.S. cities, which have realized the economic and social benefits.
Waste management companies — as well as individuals who get cash for trash — know that recycling can be lucrative business. As The GARBAGE DREAMS Game illustrates, the amount, type, and value of trash varies from neighborhood to neighborhood. Wealthier areas, for example, consume more and better (often disposable) products, and so produce more and higher-quality trash.
Learn and start recycling garbage in your household!