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Clean the World and Las Vegas Sands Partner with Seven Clean Seas to Prevent Plastic from Reaching the Ocean

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ORLANDO, FLA.—Clean the World Foundation, a global leader in water, sanitation, hygiene, and sustainability has partnered with Las Vegas Sands to facilitate The Drop by Drop Project. A collaboration between Clean the World Foundation and initiative co-founder Sands, The Drop by Drop Project will reinvest capital from water stewardship efforts into three innovative projects supporting local water champions in Las Vegas, Macao, and Singapore. Managed and operated by Clean the World Foundation, The Drop by Drop Project will be supported in part by savings from Sands’ conservation programs.

Following previously announced grant recipients University of St. Joseph Macao (USJ), Institute of Science and Environment, and Get Outdoors Nevada, the third organization selected for funding is Seven Clean Seas, a Singapore-based social enterprise that is tackling plastic pollution. The organization will use the funding to support the development of The River Plastic Recovery System (RPRS), a floating plastic collection system that captures river plastic before it reaches the ocean.

It is estimated that between 8 and 12 million metric tons of plastic enter the ocean every year. Further, 70 percent of all ocean plastic originates from rivers. A low-maintenance, solar-powered solution, the RPRS tackles this problem by removing surface plastic from rivers. Its design will be modular and cost-effective, with the aim of enabling widespread adoption throughout areas with high plastic pollution. It will also be manufactured and installed using local shipyards and infrastructure, supporting local job creation.

The floating system works by catching suspended plastics just below the water’s surface and then channeling it to a conveyor which removes the plastic and deposits it into a holding bin. “To date, Seven Clean Seas has recovered 54,000 kg of plastic from water sources around the world through its beach clean-up activities. The River Plastic Recovery System is a breakthrough cleanup technology that brings automated high-volume plastic recovery at a price point which makes it truly scalable in the developing locations most in need. Seven Clean Seas will install units on the world’s worst plastic polluted rivers over the next five to 10 years,” says Tom Peacock-Nazil, Co-founder and CEO, Seven Clean Seas.

Eliminate, Reuse, Replace, Recycle

“Sands ECO360 is tackling single-use plastic at each of our resorts through our E3R strategy—eliminate, reuse, replace and recycle,” says Katarina Tesarova, Senior Vice President of Global Sustainability at Sands. “We are excited to support Seven Clean Seas in this new innovative project which addresses single-use plastic beyond our own four walls and prevents plastic pollution in our ecosystems.”

The work of Seven Clean Seas to address the global plastic pollution crisis will also be featured at an upcoming exhibition at the Marina Bay Sands ArtScience Museum, Plastic or Planet by National Geographic, running September 12, 2020 to March 28, 2021.

“Seven Clean Seas is reimagining a clever solution to a problem that is killing our rivers and oceans. The Drop by Drop Project was created with the intention of helping to solve these critical and time-sensitive challenges. The RPRS eliminates one of the super-highways of plastics from entering the ocean. Slowing down this source is critical to the health and vitality of both the ecosystems of the rivers and oceans,” says Sam Stephens, Executive Director of Clean the World Foundation.

For more information on The Drop by Drop Project, visit: http://cleantheworldfoundation.org/dropbydrop.

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