Mount Everest Clean Up Yields 24,000 Pounds of Trash

June 12, 2019

As a professional cleaner, you may feel like you deal with mountains of trash every day. A 45-day Nepalese government expedition to Mount Everest has removed 24,200 pounds of trash—and four dead bodies—from the world’s highest mountain, Associated Press reports.

The cleaners collected food wrappings, cans, bottles, and empty oxygen cylinders from as high as Camp 4 at 26,080 feet. Some of the garbage was flow to Kathmandu, Nepal and presented to recyclers in a ceremony last week. Although the cleaning mission was deemed successful, organizers said more trash needs to be collected. Much of the remaining garbage, such as tents and human excrement, is covered by snow and will be exposed as temperatures rise.

Mount Everest has suffered increasing pollution over the decades, as more climbers attempt to reach the peak. In 2018, a record 807 climbers reached the summit. Garbage pollution is not the only environmental threat the mountain faces. Last week scientists warned that global warming is also affecting its appearance, with the Khumbu Icefall on Everest's Nepali side likely to disappear within decades, Reuters reports.

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