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HMRA,Clean the World collaborate on recycling soap

Nov 16, 2017
Photo by: Photo courtesy Susan Jones Students in Stephen Decatur High School’s Connections Club build hygiene kits as part of the Ocean City Hotel-Motel-Restaurant Association’s collaboration with Clean the World. The kits, which include shampoo, soap, deodorant, washcloths and razors, will go to Diakonia, a residence in West Ocean City that provides emergency and transitional housing, food services, counseling and assistance to its guests.

(Nov. 17, 2017) Clean the World organization recently teamed up with the Ocean City Hotel-Motel-Restaurant Association, as well as the Clarion Resort Fontainebleau Hotel on 101st Street and Marigot Beach Suites on 100th Street.

Clean the World is a social enterprise dedicated to the mission of saving millions of lives around the world while simultaneously diverting hotel waste from landfills. Since its founding in 2009, Clean the World has diverted more than 14 million pounds of waste from landfills.

It operates soap recycling centers in Orlando, Florida, Las Vegas and Hong Kong, and leads a “Global Hygiene Revolution” to distribute recycled soap and hygiene products from more than 5,000 hotel and resort partners to children and families in countries with a high pre-adolescent death rate due to acute respiratory infection (pneumonia) and diarrheal diseases (cholera), which are two of the top killers of children under the age of 5.

The goal is to get at least half of the Ocean City properties involved in the program.

Since 2009, more than 40 million bars of Clean the World soap have been distributed in over 115 countries. In addition, the Clean the World provides hygiene kits to relief organizations throughout North America.

On Nov. 15, students in Stephen Decatur High School’s Connections Club built hygiene kits as part of the Ocean City Hotel-Motel-Restaurant Association collaboration with Clean the World.

These kits include necessities such as shampoo, soap, deodorant, washcloths and razors. They will be taken to Diakonia, a residence in West Ocean City which provides emergency and transitional housing, food services, counseling and assistance to its guests.

“By involving local students in this worthwhile project, we are hoping to create a better understanding of the real needs in our community,” said Ocean City Hotel-Motel-Restaurant Association Director Susan Jones. “Diakonia provides comfort and direction to those who are in a place of needing help, so they were the perfect group to collaborate with.”

Additionally, on Nov. 16, Worcester Prep student, Maddie Simons, was slated to lead her fellow schoolmates in building hygiene kits. They will be sent to help hurricane victims.

Simons and her mother, Jackie Berger of the Clarion Resort Fontainebleau Hotel, have been instrumental in connecting the Ocean City Hotel-Motel-Restaurant Association with Clean the World.

Clean the World was founded on the principle that soap saves lives. While attending a conference, Berger first learned about Clean the World and couldn’t stop thinking about the depth of the organization.

“There are so many levels which we can contribute to soap recycling as a community,” she said. “It’s refreshing that my daughter, Maddie, also shares my excitement to partner with CTW and an interest in educating others about hurricane devastation and that Worcester Prep’s efforts of building hygiene kits can have a global reach.”

For more information about Clean the World, visit  www.cleantheworld.org.

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