Soap For Hope: Recycling Waste To Useful Again

22 March 2019

As part of repurposing the used goods for community needs, “Soap for Hope” training was conducted at Hilton Nay Pyi Taw on Friday.

It is a project that turns the soap slivers of the hotel into new soap bars, and it was contributed by Diversey, the frim that contributes the recycling technique for soap waste.

According to Diversey, about 3.5 tons of soap wastes have been generated from about 400-room hotel every year.

They initiated this program in order to provide access to soap to the communities who need it but have no access.

Manager, Hilton Nay Pyi Taw, Christoph Weidemann said “Hilton is very committed to give back to community we operate in and “Soap for Hope” is one program of many which includes reducing garbage going into landfill and also repurposing valuable resource and helping local community with new and fresh soap.”

Diversey has been doing this program for five years at 179 cities in 42 countries around the world.

The programs also aims to provide livelihood to the local community through recycling and reprocessing soap and help the hotels reduce waste by turning used soap into a useful one.

Director, Diversey (Sustainability & CSR), Stefan Phang said “There are two steps of sanitizing the soap. The first step is to look at the surface, and if the soap has any contamination, it only on the surface of the soap. So, if you clear away the first surface of the soap, the soap is already 99.9% clean. The second level is then we use Diversey’s sanitizer, which is a foodwaste sanitizer. This sanitizer kills 99.9% of all the known bacteria, viruses, parasite, algae, yeast and more known in the world today. So, it kills all the micro-organism. We use it to sanitize soap for the second time.”

It is learnt that the new and fresh soap bars will be distributed to the staff and also to the orphanages.