Sharing Best Practices
Recycling Hygiene Products
When used bars of soap were discarded from hotel guest rooms a few years ago, they often ended up in landfills. Thanks to Clean the World, used hygiene products from Las Vegas Sands Integrated Resorts now help the less fortunate in our communities and around the world.
Since 2011, Las Vegas Sands and Clean the World have recycled nearly 190 tons of waste into more than 1.6 million bars of soap, and for the second year, the two organizations came together for a massive build to assemble reclaimed hygiene supplies into kits that would be distributed throughout our local regions.
In 2015, we created a unique build that united all Las Vegas Sands teams around the world in a 24-hour rolling event to assemble 200,000 hygiene kits for those in need. More than 4,000 Team Members and community volunteers built the most kits ever assembled for Clean the World at one time. The build started in Macao at 9 a.m. on a Saturday in September, then went to Singapore and Bethlehem, finally culminating in Las Vegas at 6 p.m. Pacific Time on Saturday evening.
Each hygiene kit contained soap and other hygiene items collected from Clean the World’s hospitality partners, including Las Vegas Sands. Soap is recycled through Clean the World’s sanitation and processing equipment, then packed with other amenities such as shampoo, conditioner, a toothbrush and toothpaste to form individual personal care kits.
Sustainability Through Art
Creativity is a big part of ongoing community and Team Member education about sustainable practices. For America Recycles Day, The Venetian and The Palazzo partnered with the Nevada Department of Conservation and Natural Resources’ Nevada Recycles Program to create a statewide recycled art contest to heighten awareness about recycling. In 2014, Nevada’s recycling rate was 23.4 percent with Nevadans, including tourists, throwing away approximately seven pounds of trash per person daily. More than 100 student and adult artists submitted photos of artwork composed entirely of recyclable materials, and winners in various categories received cash prizes.
In Asia, Marina Bay Sands and the ArtScience Museum combined creativity, recycling and sustainability education around The Deep exhibit on the fragility of the ocean’s ecosystem. For the “Art & Science of Sustainability” program, 15 teams of Marina Bay Sands Team Members competed to produce art pieces using recycled materials depicting the exhibit. The winning entry was a sculpture of an angler fish using repurposed kitchen materials by the Rise Restaurant team. The winning sculpture was also displayed at The Deep exhibition.
The Sands Cotai Central wardrobe team also used creativity to highlight recycling by celebrating Housekeeping Week with a 3D recreation of Sands Cotai Central made from recycled hotel uniforms. The exhibit also highlighted the wardrobe team’s use of recycled garments in their upkeep of property uniforms.
Beautifying Our Communities
As part of Sands ECO360° in the Community, Las Vegas Sands also supports clean-up and beautification efforts in our communities. Since 2007, Sands Bethlehem has participated in the annual South Side Clean-Up, with Team Members coming out in force to help. The annual program is sponsored by the Mayor’s South Side Task Force and Lehigh University, with support from local businesses and community groups. Sands Bethlehem Team Members also provide clean-up of the central business area on a regular basis.
In Las Vegas, nearly 80 Team Members with family and friends joined the Outside Las Vegas Foundation to complete a myriad of upkeep and cleaning projects for the Bruce Trent Park and Angel Park Trail Loop.