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Soap recycling at Hamud Hospital, Saida

12-7-2018

The Hamud University Hospital in Saida kicked off its first soap recycling initiative in Lebanon, the Econ Soap, at the city’s Soap Museum. The project which is part of ‘Your Health is in Your Hands’ campaign launched by Hamud Hospital to encourage students on proper hand washing, aims to recycle discarded bars of soap from some 29 hotels in Beirut. Part of the recycled soap will be used in the above campaign while the rest will be sold at low price only to cover the cost for those who cannot afford it, as said project coordinator, Layal Rinno. To recall, the project is implemented in cooperation with the Eco Soap Bank and other partners. On the method of recycling, Mario Ghrayib, director of the Sustainable Agriculture and Environment Program at Arcenciel, said it starts with collecting the used soap slivers, drying them and then grating and sterilizing them. Later, a chosen fragrance is blended in the soap which is pressed in molds and left to dry. Later they are wrapped and packaged in recycled used paper. The leftover soap, Ghrayib maintained, is collected from hotels twice every month. He stressed the two main goals of the undertaking which are: reduction of waste and raising awareness among hotels and people on the importance of recycling. (Al Akhbar, July 12, 2018)

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