"Take care of nature - help others": charity and environment protection in one project
A photographer from Uzhgorod Andriy Kyrylyuk initiated the project, which he had noticed during one of his trips to Turkey.
The essence of the project is to collect plastic flip-off caps. As a result, the money from their sale can be used to buy wheelchairs for people with disabilities.
As it turned out, in many countries, they have long been collecting plastic caps. Most of Europe does it on a national level. And the money received from recycling is used for charitable purpose. For example, in Poland, before collecting the next batch of caps, they determine what the money will be used for: a wheelchair with an electric motor, which a person with special needs and limited financial resources has always dreamed of, or a necessary complex surgery. Each time, the help is targeted and urgently needed.
- In contrast to the major cities, Uzhgorod is a small town where most people know each other. Besides, many Transcarpathians regularly travel abroad and welcome the European experience. That's why, it was easy to start the social and environmental project "Save the nature - help others" here. Of course, this does not eliminate the problem of disposal of plastic in the country, but we should start with something - the project proponent says.
Recently, Uzhgorod was one of the first cities to support the collection and disposal of used batteries. The proposed project allows to help the nature and people with disabilities at the same time.
- First of all I would like to note that it applies to caps from juices, sugary, carbonated drinks, etc. made of high-density polyethylene (HDPE) (denoted as 02 in a triangle of arrows, often along with a schematic drawing of a glass and a fork). Currently, we have an agreement with the Kharkiv factory "Promutyl" for the minimum batch of 0.5 t. The price of caps is 3 UAH per kilogram. Prices for wheelchairs, hearing aids (which will be purchased for the raised money) start with 2-3 thousand and more, - Andriy Kyrylyuk says.
The activist has started to actively involve city cafes, bars and restaurants. Caps from juice packs, PET bottles, oil, ketchup... They all are fit for future recycling. As of now, over 40 institutions have joined the charity project.
Several containers to collect plastic caps have been set up in the TC "Dastor", Sobranetska str. 89, the "Velogrand" store, Ankudinova str., 4 (the "Avtoshok" store). They also plan to set up additional locations in other supermarkets and shops of the city.
Source - Varosh, Photos by Andriy Kyrylyuk