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Hotel soap to be purified and recycled

Thursday - 4/18/2013, 9:21am  ET

WESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- What do hotels do with bars of soap that guests leave behind? Stonewall Resort in Lewis County is having them recycled.

Stonewall and the Weston Wal-Mart are partnering to make old into new.

Resort community outreach director Samantha Norris says Stonewall will collect used soap from guest rooms and ship it to the nonprofit Global Soap Project processing center in Norcross, Ga. The Weston Wal-Mart plans to cover shipping costs.

Impurities are removed from the soap, which is reformed into new bars and distributed worldwide to needy populations.

Norris estimates the resort could supply more than 600 pounds of soap for reprocessing this year.

According to the Global Soap Project, more than 2 million bars of soap are discarded every day by U.S. hotels.


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