Save Your Plastic Bottles to Help Build Classrooms in Vallarta

Rodrigo Lopez Becerril - Vallarta Opina
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December 3, 2013

As a new and novel technique in creating needed classrooms and dining facilities for the children in Puerto Vallarta, we're using plastic bottles instead of bricks.

The three classrooms and dining facility will be constructed with plastic bottles filled with dirt which will be coated to form the walls.

The youth of the Rotaract Club Puerto Vallarta join the initiative of the Civil Association "Now Is The Time to Give" in building additions in the school community of Lomas del Valle in the Colony of Las Palmas, Puerto Vallarta, which will require the collection of 16,000 plastic bottles.

Adriana Alonso, president of the Civil Association "Now Is The Time to Give," announced by the program "Adopt a Community" have been working in Lomas del Valle where there is a very rustic school that requires improvement, therefore thanked the initiative of the Rotaract group who have placed 65 baskets throughout the city to collect the bottles.

"They have classes by the National Council for Educational Development (Conafe), and we want to improve their facilities and expand the premises to be used as an evening Community Center with different workshops, courses and self-sustaining activities."

Adriana Alonso said that it is possible to build using recycled material but requires the support of the community, "We want to involve everyone, we do not have the means to give them the resources they need but we can bring them information and training so they can get ahead."

She explained that by this technique for the construction of the proposed project, 16,000 plastic bottles filled with soil and coated for use as walls are required. She also ensured that the construction technique is safe and there is a history of these buildings in other countries and that the construction would be supervised by Civil Protection of Housing.

Regarding this initiative, Arturo Pérez Villalba, a member of Rotaract Club, said the bottles required are 1.5, 2 and 2.5 liters, in good condition and including screw-on caps. He also declared their readiness to participate in the construction process.

"It will take a lot of labor and we are committed to collecting the bottles, filling them and the ultimate construction."

Look for the collection baskets around town, at schools and the Biblioteca Los Mangos, Puerto Vallarta's Public Library.

Translated and edited by Team Angels

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