Nepal conducted a month-long cleaning campaign to clean the trashes in Mount Everest by collecting over 10,000 kg of rubbish from the region.
Mega clean-up campaign:
The historical mega clean-up campaign was coordinated by government and non-government agencies of Nepal. A dedicated Sherpa team from the base camp to four higher camps collected waste from the roof of the world.
Instead of sending solid waste to dump in the landfill site near Kathmandy, the items were segregated, processed and recycled as raw materials for various products.
The collected materials were segregated in different categories like plastic, glass, iron, aluminium and textile. Among 10 tonnes of waste received, 2 tonnes have been recycled while the remaining eight were soil mixed with wrappers and semi-burned items, which could not be recycled.
The authorities suggested to set up an initial processing unit in the mountain area itself, so that waste can be segregated immediately and easily managed.
Nepal’s other measures:
As per the Nepal’s regulation, the country charges $11,000 as royalty and $710 for a Nepali climber to scale the 8,848-meter-tall mountain.
The Nepal government has laid a provision that if a climber brings back at least 8 kg of garbage then it will refund. It has been claimed that piles of trash are still found in the mountain. If it prevails, it will cause an adverse impact on health and the environment.
It is necessary that the government should come up with new policies to have a separate fund, which can be used to continue the cleanliness campaign to make the mountaineering industry sustainable.