Charity plastic bottle cap collections have become increasingly popular in Spain in recent years. These initiatives collect bottle caps to raise funds to meet medical costs not covered by the Spanish national health system and to help the needy to buy orthopaedic equipment they cannot afford.
In this case, the “Caps for a New Life” campaign by the Fundación Seur and Acteco (an Erum Group company) set out to collect more than 30 tonnes of plastic caps. The transport and courier service took care of all the logistics needed to deliver all the contributions to Acteco, which specialises in recycling this type of plastics. The result of the campaign was two cheques for 8,000 euros, which were used to help the families of two children with rare diseases.
Adrián Martínez suffers from Duchenne muscular dystrophy and apnoea. A total of 22.33 tonnes of bottle caps were collected to help pay to adapt the bathroom in his home to improve his mobility and provide him with a better quality of life.
Angie Aguirre suffers from cerebral palsy and needs a wheelchair to get about. Eight tonnes of bottle caps were collected to help her.
The Erum group is one of a group of organisations that has provided schools, hospitals, homes for the elderly, restaurants, food stores and private individuals with boxes to collect this type of waste which tends to go straight in the bin but can be used for charitable purposes.