75 Tons of Garbage Collected from Mount Everest in this Climbing Season
This year, Mount Everest witnessed the production of 75 tons of garbage. The Everest Pollution Control Committee (SPCC) revealed that this waste was generated at the base camp and throughout the spring climbing season.
However, commendable efforts led to the collection of approximately 70 tons of garbage, addressing the environmental impact of the world’s highest peak.
The Everest Pollution Control Committee (SPCC) has diligently overseen waste management on Mount Everest during climbing expeditions.
SPCC staff members have successfully gathered a total of 60,488 kg of garbage from the base camp. This includes 21,449 kg of waste suitable for incineration and 7,536 kg of non-burnable waste. Additionally, SPCC reports the presence of 21,570 kg of human excreta and 9,996 kg of kitchen waste.
A notable development on Mount Everest involves climbers successfully retrieving 8,954 kilograms of garbage from areas above the base camp. As per the established rule, each climber is obligated to bring back eight kilograms of garbage from above the base camp.
Lamakaji Sherpa, the Chairman of SPCC, has confirmed that the collected combustible and non-burnable waste has been transported to Namche. The combustible waste in Namche will be appropriately handled, whereas the non-burnable trash will be airlifted to Kathmandu.
Additionally, managing human excreta and kitchen waste entails bringing them below the base camp for proper disposal. These efforts contribute to maintaining a cleaner and more sustainable environment on the majestic mountain.