“Mount Everest” this name is usually heard when someone reaches its summit making new record. But this time, a different story, another record is being heard. The largest amount of solid waste, 8.1 tons, has been collected from the slopes of Mt Everest (8,848 meters) and is brought down to Namche Bazaar.
The project called “Saving Mount Everest, Waste Management Project, 2011” was organized by the Everest Summiteers Association (ESA), Eco Himal, the Ministry of Tourism and civil aviation that includes 29 Nepali mountaineers who worked from April 17 to May 29, 2011 to collect waste from the world’s highest peak.
The waste materials, that have been brought down to Namche from the Everest Base Camp (EBC) on the backs of 75 yaks and with the help of 65 porters, weighs 8,110kgs (8.1 tons), as quoted in Republica. They were showcased on May 29.
Among the total waste, 3,200kgs (3.2 tons) was handed to the authorities of the Sagarmatha Pollution Control Committee (SPCC) for disposal. The 3.2 tons of waste includes tents, ropes, cardboard boxes and paper. Besides this, other wastes include metals, cans, helicopter parts and oxygen cylinders that were flown to Kathmandu.
Since 1953, more than 3,500 climbers have reached the summit of Mount Everest. Most expedition teams have left trails of waste. According to experts, 50 tons of solid waste still remains in the Everest region.
Metals will be handed to the Nepal Foundry Industries Ltd. Then they will melt the metals and create gift items that will be sold to fund public awareness programs in the Khumbu region,” Diwas Pokharel, general secretary of ESA told to Republica.
Originally shared at XNepali on June 4,2011. Shared with permission.