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Tapatón México 2016—Bottle Tops for Smiles

By Eva Luz Villalón Turrubiates

El Tapatón is an event that has been held for a number years as part of a multi-country project which is held simultaneously in Mexico, Argentina, Guatemala, Honduras, Costa Rica, El Salvador, and Colombia by the Scouts of those countries.

Tapatón 2016
Plastic bottle cap collection for charity
Until Fri, May 13
La Biblioteca
Insurgentes 25

The project consists of collecting the greatest number of plastic bottle tops, which could be from soft drinks, water bottles, cleaning products, juices, milk, or any other product, and selling them at a recycling center. The money obtained will be given to a non-profit organization involved with children with cancer.

Before being sold, the caps will be arranged into a giant mural with a theme related to the project. This year the mural will be made in Salamanca on Saturday, May 21, and the proceeds donated to the Fundación Angeles de Pie in the same town, which is responsible for transportation, medications, treatments, and a better quality of life for children with cancer.

Last year 2,654,746 caps were collected, with a weight of 6.8 tons. This year we are trying to do even better. All those who would like to collect and donate their bottle caps can take them to La Biblioteca until May 13.

In addition, everyone is invited to the event when the mural will be created in the Salamanca Ecopark on May 21 after 1:30pm. There will be various workshops and sporting events.

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