Tara Air to transport trash from Mt Everest free of cost

Published On: July 7, 2016 02:38 PM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

SOLUKHUMBU, July 7: Tara Air has agreed to transport the trash collected from various places of the highest peak, Mount Everest, free of cost, it has been said.

An agreement has been reached with the airlines to transport 12 tonnes of garbage collected from various areas of the Mt Everest every year from Tenzing Hillary Airport in Lukla to Kathmandu-based International Airport for free, said Lama Kaji Sherpa, vice chairman of the Sagarmatha Pollution Control Committee (SPCC).

The agreement will run for three years. So far 2660 kilogrammess garbage has been collected this year from various areas of the highest peak under the initiatives of the SPCC launching a campaign to collect trashes in the areas from the entrance at Namche to the base camp every year.

The garbage was collected from various areas of the Mt Everest including the base camp.

Meanwhile, out of the collected trash, the biodegradable garbage weighing 1560 kilograms was destroyed at Namche and the remaining 1018 kilograms non-biodegradable waste would be brought to Kathmandu for recycling, the SPCC said.

Likewise, out of 9660 kilograms trash collected by 35 climbers in the course of the ascent of the Mt Everest, 1063 kilograms degradable waste should be transported to Kathmandu for recycling, it added.

"Preparations are underway to transport non-biodegradable trashes to Kathmandu for recycling," said Sherpa. RSS

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