Sagarmatha Cleaning Campaign, the 45-day cleaning campaign that was initiated on April 14, 2019, has collected over 3000kg of garbage from the Mount Everest Region.
2000kg garbage—biodegradable—collected from the region has been sent to Okhaldhunga while 1000kg—non-degradable—has been brought to Kathmandu for disposal, according to Dandu Raj Ghimire, director general of Department of Tourism. Not only the garbage, but the team has also located four dead bodies from the region.
The Sagarmatha Cleaning Campaign team has reached the Everest Base Camp with all the necessary components—food, water, and shelter—and looks forward to collecting around 10,000kg of garbage.
This is the first time ever that all stakeholders have come together for Sagarmatha Cleaning Campaign. The Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, the Ministry of Environment, Nepali Army, Nepal Mountaineering Association, Sagarmatha Pollution Control Committee, Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality, and Nepal Tourism Board are working jointly for this campaign.
The campaign concludes on May 29. The collected waste will then be showcased in Namche before being ferried down to Kathmandu. And after being ferried to Kathmandu, it will once again be showcased on World Environment Day (June 5). It will then finally be sent for recycling.