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Hotel Soap Recycling

Hotel Soap and Shampoo Bottle Recycling

Do you ever wonder what happens to that little bar of soap you use once or twice when you stay at a hotel? Usually it gets thrown away and ends up in a landfill. It probably does not seem significant, but when you consider that there are 4.6 million hotel rooms in the US, you begin to realize the scale of the problem. It has been estimated that between 1 and 1.5 million bars of soap are discarded from hotel rooms every single day in the US. This soap makes a considerable contribution to land fill waste and can be easily put to better use.


If you own or manage a hotel, motel or bed and breakfast business, why not install refillable soap and shampoo dispensers in your hotel room bathrooms and communal rest rooms. The dispenser can be simply topped up by the housekeeping staff instead of having to replace partially used bars of soap or shampoo bottles, every time a guest checks out of the hotel. In the long term your business will save considerable sums of money each year and reduce the amount of waste the hotel generates.


If you stay in a hotel room that does not have a recycling program, why not take the soap and shampoo that you have partially used with you when you check out? Use it up at home so that it does not go to waste.

Use your power as a consumer to encourage more recycling within the hotels that you use. Many hotels have introduced recycling schemes to collect paper or plastic bottles from the guest rooms and increasing numbers of hotels are signing up to the Clean the World soap-recycling program. Before you book a hotel room, ask about the environmental protection and sustainability policy of the hotel and choose hotels that go the extra mile to protect the environment.

To find out which hotels are already using the Clean the World soap-recycling program, visit the hospitality partner page and use the links provided for lists of participating hotels or bed and breakfast businesses.


Clean the World is a not-for-profit charity organization that collects partially used hotel room soap and shampoo bottles from their partner hotels. They recycle and sanitize the soap to distribute to homeless shelters and developing countries to improve the sanitation of the poor communities around the world.

It has been estimated that 9,000 children die every day in the world from respiratory diseases or diarrhea, and up to 62% of these deaths could be prevented by simple hand washing with soap. By providing bars of soap that would otherwise be discarded into land fill, Clean The World is saving the lives of children and adults around the world.

If you work in a hotel and wish to have more information about how the Clean the World program works, and how to get the program implemented in your hotel, please visit the Clean the World website. They charge a service fee of only $0.65 per month per hotel room to implement their program and will provide training videos for your staff, collection containers and certificates to allow you to advertize the recycling program to your guests. Clean the World will also promote your hotel through their website, encouraging more customers to use your hotel if you start collecting discarded soaps and shampoo bottles for recycling. For an almost negligable cost per guest per night you can help to do your bit to protect the environment and save the lives of millions of people around the world.

Information for hotel managers and staff regarding the clean the world program can be found at...

For more detailed information contact the Clean The World President, Paul Till.

Paul Till


Tel: (407) 574-8353, ext. 110


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Global Soap Project

The Global Soap Project is a charity that collects bars of soap from hotels for recycling into new sterile soap bars that will then be distributed throughout the developing world to help combat diseases caused by a lack of adequate sanitation.

To find more information regarding their hotel soap recycling program, visit their website

There is no monthly charge for this recycling program but each participating hotel will need to set up their own collection bins/boxes in their housekeeping areas, train their staff to use the new soap recycling system and pay for shipping of the soap to the Global Soap Project recycling facility.

Information for hotel managers who wish to sign up to the soap recycling program can be found on the global soap project hotel info page.

To find out how you can help support the Global Soap Project and their work, click here.

For more information contact Global Soap Project at...

Global Soap Project, P.O. Box 94021, Atlanta, GA 30318

Tel: (678) 235-8095