Kathmandu, March 20, 2018: Yeti Airlines- Tara Air in association with Khumbu- Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality, Sagarmatha Pollution Control Committee (SPCC), Himalaya Club and United National Development Program (UNDP) has officially initiated ‘Everest Clean-Up Campaign’.
The airline flew around 5,000 kilograms of waste left behind by tourists and climbers to Kathmandu on Saturday, March 17, 2018.
The airline has started the campaign as a continuation of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). The airline has targeted to airlift 100 tonnes of non-biodegradable waste in the year 2018 from Everest region which will be recycled in Kathmandu.
This year’s cleanup campaign is focused on collecting non-biodegradable items from such as beer bottles and cans, empty food cans, as well as discarded mountaineering and trekking equipment which can be recycled in the in the capital city.
The Everest clean-up campaign was launched by Valerie Julliand, Resident Coordinator of the United Nations and UNDP Resident Representative in Nepal. More than 5,000 kg of waste has already been brought to the capital Kathmandu from Mount Everest for recycling.
Sagarmatha Pollution Control Committee (SPCC), and the Himalaya Club Lukla have been coordinating in the collection of wastes in the Everest region. Blue Waste to Value, a recycling firm in Kathmandu recycles the wastes, as part of its agreement with SPCC.