Tehrani citizens can swap waste for ‘Haft Seen’ items

March 10, 2016

TEHRAN — The Waste Management Organization, affiliated with the Municipality of Tehran, will exchange solid waste with gold fish and newly sprouted seeds, two of the items Iranians use in setting Noruz (traditional New Year) tablecloth.

The plan will be put into motion on March 14 to 18 in the capital in more than 270 recycling booths in the city, Hossein Ja’fari, the organization’s director told ISNA news agency.

Setting a “Haft Seen” table for Noruz, which starts on March 20, is a custom which is being observed by almost all Iranians worldwide. There are seven items on the table which start with ‘S’ in Persian language in addition to gold fish, colorful eggs, Quran, candles, and mirror .

The seven items include Sabzeh (wheat, barley, mung bean or lentil sprouts growing in a dish), Samanu (sweet pudding made from wheat germ), Senjed (wild olive fruit), Seer (garlic), Seeb (apple), Sekkeh (coin) and Serkeh (vinegar).