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Soap Recycling Center Makes the World a Cleaner Place
Soap Recycling Center Makes the World a Cleaner Place


Most people take for granted the simple task of washing their hands with soap and water. For people who live without access to good hygiene, their lives are plagued by disease and even death.

Caesars Entertainment and the Caesars Foundation are working to change that. The hotels owned by Caesars are repurposing the barely used bars of soap left behind by guests. They are turning that soap into something that can stop the spread of disease in developing countries. 

“The housekeepers were so excited. Some were moved to tears when they first saw the video that this little bar of soap, that was already used, was having on a child's life," Director of Supplier Diversity at Caesars Entertainment Jessica Rosman said.

The soap is being brought to a newly opened Clean the World Recycling Center, 3111 S. Valley View Boulevard. The Caesars Foundation donated $250,000 to the group.  Hotels in 13 western states will send their used soaps to the recycling center.

Soaps and bottled amenities such as shampoos and body wash from 40,000 hotel rooms in Las Vegas alone will get cleaned, sanitized and delivered into the hands of people who desperately need it. Hotels like Wynn Las Vegas, Planet Hollywood and Paris Las Vegas are also participating.

“Our hotel partners are so passionate about the program and are thankful that something like this exists. We can take the soap and the bottles and keep them out of the landfills. Then get them to people who need them,” Debi Kinney with Clean the World said.

So far, the group has sent 8.5 million bars of soap to 45 countries. Many of the bottled shampoos and bath gels that are recycled by the program are donated to local organizations like the Salvation Army, the Rescue Mission, and the Teacher Exchange.