Casablanca City’s contribution in the midst of the World Environment Day
During the summer in the Kingdom of Morocco, the heat index is on a constant scale of above thirty degrees Celsius, and as the temperature increases, the amount of rubbish also increases especially in the busiest city, the City of Casablanca. There are approximately four millions of people living in the town of Casablanca, and they are the most affected by the increase of garbage in the environment. However, as the country’s business capital, there are programs introduced by the government to control the growth of the wastes as well as the people who see to it that high amounts of garbage do not impact on the collection areas by providing them a source of income. The people who collect wastes contribute to the preservation of the environment as they receive the garbage that can still be used or recycled. In spite of their remarkable and demanding effort, they still do their best to make a living out of the waste they have collected.
In 2011, a survey was conducted specifically with the people who belong to this group in order to know that these recyclers, semi-wholesalers, haulers, waste collectors, and sorters every so often regard their labor as an actual occupation and consider their job as indispensable, particularly now that environmental concerns that become a major subject on the program of the country. The people who are collecting waste must be appreciated for their efforts and their contribution to saving the environment. The work that they do is considered honorable, and it is the time that they must be delivered from the humiliation that typically associated with waste.
Located on the borders of Casablanca, the locality of Lahraouine is where the garbage collectors visit to find some waste the can be recycled or can be sold. Usually, their collection is put in enclosures walled by pickets made from tarpaulins, metal sheets, wood panels, and so on. These areas are useful for sorting and re-utilizing metals, plastics, wood items, and rags. Their collection is sold by weight. After separating the unusable and usable wastes, there are objects that must be compressed and crumpled provide more space and to add worth. The recycled wastes will be eventually traded to informal and formal sector dealers or be picked up by collection Lorries sent to transport the waste.
Also, the Mediouna’s landfill which is located around twenty kilometers south of Greater Casablanca accommodates almost 3,500 tons of household waste each day, transported by the vehicles of waste-recycling businesses. The operation of recycling plants and trade wholesalers mainly rest on the undertakings of street collectors or the Mediouna landfill from whom they buy recuperated items at a reasonable price. Secondary raw resources created by the formal sector of the economy are mostly obtained from the work of these tireless workers. There are waste collection facilities that have a large number of lorries and plastic pounders. The managers of these big facilities are very accustomed to the price and rate of these items on the market, and they make themselves informed via their mobile phones or from the internet. They just know where to, when to, and to whom they can trade to get the full profit from their products.