Bottle Caps for the Handicapped

Vojvodina-based charity initiative ready to get Belgrade municipalities onside.

The organisers of the initiative are in talks with Belgrade’s Stari Grad local authority to create the first partnership with local government, which could form a basis for expanding the initiative across Serbia.

The Bottle Caps for the Handicapped initiative (in Serbian, Čep za hendikep) launched by Zrenjanin-based charity, the Banat Paraplegic and Quadriplegic Association (Udruženje paraplegičara i kvadriplegičara “Banat”) aims to collect bottle caps and turn them into wheelchairs and other equipment indispensable for disabled youngsters.

Bottle caps and a wheelchairThe bottle caps are sent to a recycling plant in Indjija and the resulting funds are used to purchase whatever equipment the kids need. A huge quantity of bottle caps is needed for just one wheelchair, six tons to be precise, which translates to about 400,000 individual bottle caps.

There is an environmentally friendly side to the whole idea because it instils in people the notion that recycling can have direct benefits, which will hopefully encourage people to recycle their other rubbish too. Not to mention helping to keep bottle caps and bottles of the streets.

With the help of schools, partner charities and other institutions, the initiative has already forged ahead and is now collecting more bottle caps than ever. So far the charity has handed out several wheelchairs, crutches, medicines and other useful materials to those in need. For more information see the charity’s facebook page or the initiative’s website (both in Serbian only).

The initiative needs bottle caps from water and soft-drink bottles as well as those from household cleaning agents and any other similar containters. If you’re interested in collecting bottle caps and contributing them to this initiative, you can do this at several locations across Belgrade:

Osnovna škola “Drinka Pavlović” (elementary school) – Address: Kosovska 19, Phone: +381 (0)11 323 86 88

Osnovna škola “Laza Kostić” (elementary school) – Address: Milentija Popovića 72, Phone: +381 (0)11 711 87 46

Osnovna škola “Branko Radičević” (elementary school) – Address: Jurija Gagarina 195, Phone: +381 (0)11 215 86 38

Osnovna škola “Svetozar Marković” (elementary school) – Address: Hadži Milentijeva 62, Phone: +381 (0)11 243 30 25

The Friends of the Children of Serbia organisation (Prijatelji dece Srbije) – Address: Kosovska 19, Phone: +381 (0)11 334 31 35; +381 (0)11 334 32 47

The Life Redesign Studio – Address: Mitropolita Petra 8, Phone: +381 (0)69 573 72 77

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