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Everest Cleanup Climbs High: 85 Tons of Waste Removed!

Everest cleanup by SPCC

Everest Base Camp (EBC), the starting point for adventurous climbs to the top of the world, is experiencing a positive change: cleaner surroundings. The Sagarmatha Pollution Control Committee (SPCC) recently collected an incredible 85 tons of garbage during the Spring 2024 climbing season. This campaign  reflects the combined efforts of climbers, expedition operators, and the SPCC team. 

So, what kind of waste are we talking about? The breakdown is quite interesting. Almost a third, or 27,990 kgs, was burnable waste, 7,518 kgs were recyclables such as plastic bottles, paper, and metal. Human waste was 27,533 kg and kitchen garbage was 14,150 kg.

The SPCC has an efficient waste management system in place. Kitchen and human garbage are properly transferred to an authorized disposal facility near Gorakshep. Meanwhile, recyclable and burnable rubbish are taken to Namche Bazaar, where the SPCC has a trash management facility. The burnable rubbish is carefully disposed of here, while the recyclables are sent to Kathmandu. 

SPCC has been actively involved in cleaning up everest programme since 2016. This not only benefits the environment but also ensures a more enjoyable experience for everyone who visits Everest. 

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