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Excessive garbage on Mount Everest sparks single-use plastic ban in Nepal

Thursday, August 22nd 2019, 4:10 pm - Over 11,000 kilograms of garbage was recently removed from Mount Everest.

Authorities in Nepal are aiming to make the Mount Everest region a plastic-free zone by banning single-use plastics.

Mount Everest is the highest point of the Earth's surface and authorities have previously restricted the number of visitors at the base camp in an attempt to curb the excessive litter issue.

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Over 11,000 kilograms of garbage was recently removed from Mount Everest, which largely consisted of discarded single-use plastics and climbing equipment.

In an interview with CNN, officials say that the new rules for single-use plastics until January 2020 and it will not apply to plastic water bottles, which will soon get their own set of regulations.

Part of the increasing pollution problem is due to the growing amounts of visitors each year as this climbing site has become increasingly popular.

Overcrowding has also become a problem for this mountain, and long line-ups of climbers have caused traffic jams on the slopes, which has contributed to fatalities due to exhaustion and dehydration.

Source: CNN | BBC

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