Riga 2014 creates an original greeting for the world
People engaged in the collection of bottle caps with great enthusiasm. Rīga|2014 volunteers and others spent several hours creating a mosaic – one of the largest such pieces in the world. The 54 square metre map marks the 90 countries of the world that are involved in the cleanup movement with colourful bottle caps, while white bottle caps indicate those not yet taking part.
In a little less than a month, residents of Latvia collected over a million plastic bottle caps. The number of bottle caps collected far exceeded the amount necessary to create the map, and demonstrated the willingness of the population to get involved in sorting waste. All the bottle caps collected were handed over for recycling.
Liene Poporocka, collector of the most bottle caps, was singled out at the festive ceremony marking the map’s completion. Her contribution was 40 thousand bottle caps.
The collection of bottle caps was part of an educational campaign calling for waste to be sorted. The first to participate in the campaign with his bottle cap was composer Raimonds Pauls.