The amount of rubbish being left on Mount Everest is truly appalling

Jack Webb@JackWebb92
Wednesday 20 June 2018 11:00
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Picture:(DOMA SHERPA/AFP/Getty Images)

Welcome to Mount Everest, the high-altitude rubbish dump.

It would seem decades of commercial mountaineering has turned Everest into the world's highest dumping ground for trash as climbers pay no heed what they leave behind.

Thanks a lot, humans.

Our species has had an observably detrimental effect on this planet as we've been polluting and destroying environments for years.

Plastic has been found deep in the murky depths of the Mariana Trench and now it stretches to the dizzying heights of Mount Everest.

Pemba Dorje Sherpa, who has climbed Everest 18 times, told AFP:

It is disgusting, an eyesore. The mountain is carrying tonnes of waste.

The first people to reach the summit 65 years ago in 1953 were Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay and, since then, it's estimated that more than 4,000 people have climbed the towering mountain.

That number of people traversing it is only increasing and this influx has escalated the pollution on the mountain.

To combat this travesty, the Nepalese government implemented a $4,000 rubbish deposit per climbing team that would be refunded if each mountaineer brought down at least eight kilograms (18 pounds) of waste.

In 2017, climbers brought down nearly 25 tonnes of trash and 15 tonnes of human waste, which is the equivalent of three double-decker buses, according to the Sagarmatha Pollution Control Committee (SPCC).

The SPCC has been working to clean Mount Everest for the last 25 years and they have established several measures targeting rubbish left behind and human waste.

They hope to send a 100 tonnes of materials to be recycled in 2018.

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