Recovering recyclables from Mt. Everest.

Solid waste management has now crept up to be burning issue and in need of well-defined solutions. Mount Everest, the highest peak in the world, with its unique landscape and fascinating peak also could not resist from being deteriorated by the accumulated solid waste. Sagarmatha Pollution Control Committee (SPCC), an institution working for the management of waste in the high Himalayas of Khumbu region transported 4 tons of waste to KMC last August 2017 as per the agreement with Department of Tourism. Out of the 4 tons waste transported, a private company working for sustainable waste management, Blue Waste to Value (BW2V) took the responsibility of recovering 970 kg waste diverting it to the recycling center.

The collected waste from the areas of Khumbu region i.e. Gorakshep, Machermo, Lobuche, Chukung, and Gokyo were transported from Phaplu helipad to Solukhumbu via air medium and to Kathmandu via trucks. BW2V successfully recycled those wastes which mostly included cans, bottles, and scraps. “Waste is never a waste until it’s wasted” the statement perfectly captures the work done by BW2V as it has been successful to convert cash from trash. 

Rasmina Adhikari