Nepali authorities move to ban single-use plastics in Everest region

Nepali authorities move to ban single-use plastics in Everest region

In an effort to cut down on waste left on Mount Everest and the surrounding area, lawmakers in Nepal’s tourist-heavy rural region of Khumbu Pasang Lhamu have passed legislation banning all single-use plastics, Trend reports citing Sputnik.

Nepali authorities announced on Wednesday that, beginning January 2020, all plastics below 30 microns in thickness would be banned from the Everest region, also known as the rural municipality of Khumbu Pasang Lhamu.

The new legislation is aimed at preventing the massive amounts of man-made waste left behind every climbing season, which attracts over 50,000 tourists to the region annually.

"If we start now, it will help keep our region, the Everest and the mountains clean long term," Ganesh Ghimire, a local official, told AFP on August 21.

Ghimire and other officials in the region will be working with the Nepal Mountaineering Association, trekking companies and airlines to ensure the single-use plastic ban is enforced throughout the area.

Around six years ago, the Government of Nepal enacted a fee that required Everest climbers to pay a $4,000 deposit that would be refunded if they retrieved at least eight kilograms (almost 18 pounds) of trash from the mountain.

According to AFP, only about half of the climbers actually bring down enough trash required to recollect their cash.

As part of the Nepali Department of Tourism’s 45-day "Everest Cleanup Campaign,” a whopping 11,000 kilograms of trash were bagged and removed from the mountain back in June.

Man-made waste was not the only thing discovered on Everest - a number of bodies belonging to individuals previously deemed missing were also recovered.

According to Business Insider, some companies are even cashing in on retrieving the bodies of individuals who did not sign a waiver to allow their bodies to remain on the mountain. The outlet noted that the retrieval and return of the bodies to their home country can cost upwards of $70,000. Not only that, those sent to recover the corpses have been known to meet their own demise.

The past climbing season on Everest was especially deadly, with nearly a dozen climbers perishing on the mountain. A record total 885 people are said to have taken on Everest this season.

As a result, Ghanshyam Upadhayay, a Nepali Tourism Ministry official, informed AFP last week that lawmakers would review a new proposal that seeks to require Everest hopefuls to first tackle another mountain - with an elevation of at least 6,500 meters - in the region before attempting the iconic ascent. In comparison, Everest has an elevation of 8,848 meters.

"These recommendations have been made to ensure the quality and safety of Nepal's mountaineering tourism," Upadhayay told the outlet. Santa Bir Lama, president of the Nepal Mountaineering Association, also agreed that the proposed requirement is “a good opportunity to improve the sector. If we want things to change, the suggestions have to be implemented.”

This would be the first non-financial restriction placed on Everest climbers. As of now, those wishing to climb only have to pay the $11,000 permit fee and the $4,000 deposit.

Export from Turkey to OIC member countries lowers in 1H2020
Export from Turkey to OIC member countries lowers in 1H2020
Export from Turkey to OIC member countries drops
Export from Turkey to OIC member countries drops
Kyrgyzstan-Tajikistan-Afghanistan-Iran Corridor to reduce transit costs
Kyrgyzstan-Tajikistan-Afghanistan-Iran Corridor to reduce transit costs
Loading Bars
Latest
Georgian ministry reveals volume of exported potatoes
Benzol transshipment via Turkey's ports during 1H2020 disclosed
National Bank of Georgia reveals volume of net profit received by banking sector
Germany, UK to persuade US to temporary lift sanctions against Iran
Cargo transshipment via Turkey's Iskenderun port for six months revealed
Georgian Health Ministry purchases rapid COVID-19 tests
Georgian Tskali Margebeli reveals volume of mineral water to be exported to Japan
AzEduNet seeking to attract investments for transferring schools to optic connection
Georgian olive oil replaces over 20% of imports
Iranian fisheries company interested in exporting their products to Turkmenistan
Russia's Ministry of Agriculture: Russia expands range of exports to Uzbekistan
Switzerland finances digital learning project of Uzbekistan
National Bank of Pakistan cease to operate in Uzbekistan
Iranian Energy Exchange announces products for sale on August 12
Thermal power plant to be commissioned in Iran's Shiraz industrial park
Bentonite transshipment via Turkey's ports in 1H2020 unveiled
Turkey reveals cargo shipment from Ukraine via its ports in 1H2020
Volume of wheat purchased in Iran's Kurdistan Province revealed
Coronavirus patients covered by supplementary insurance in Iran
Ukrtransnafta reveals volume of Azerbaijani oil transportation
Iran discloses number of stations being built in Iran's Shiraz county
Vienna University of Technology has announced admission for the first Master's program in Baku
Price for cars may decline in Iran
General Motors' Dhivya Suryadevara steps down as CFO
Kazakhstan increases oil export, petroleum goods production
Volume of wheat purchased in Iran announced
Return of blocked deposits in closed banks in Azerbaijan to begin in few days
Azerbaijan's Constitutional Court decides in favor of citizens on deposits in closed banks
Sale of Iran's oil bonds to bring profit to buyers
Afghanistan’s activity at Turkmen State Commodity Exchange in July 2020
Кazakhstan Electricity Grid Operating Company to buy construction materials via tender
Demand of Azerbaijani banks at Central Bank's currency auction fully met
Iran to review possible withdrawal from nuclear deal before US elections
Kazakhstan’s freight transportation operator opens tender for equipment maintenance
Iran's oil bonds not profitable during foreign currency crisis
Iran uses domestic nanotechnology to paint coating of airplanes
Insurance sector’s premiums up in Georgia
New inflow of natural gas received at Turkmenistan's Tajibay field
Uzbekistan aims to boost production of cement, construction materials
Iranian economist: Selling oil bonds - win-win deal
Turkish president receives Azerbaijani Foreign, Defense Ministers
Azerbaijan confirms 214 more COVID-19 recoveries
Uzbekistan establishes joint Uzbek-German asphalt production enterprise
Turkmenistan exports large volume of vegetables, fruits to EAEU countries
Iran's Shazand Oil Refining Company reveals amount of fuel produced for ships
Kazakhstan's foreign exchange reserves up month-on-month
Georgian Products Renaissance company expands export of its products
Saudi arabian company to build gas turbine power station in Uzbekistan
Prices of precious metals change in Azerbaijan
Turkmenistan increases tomato exports to EAEU
Georgian citizens arriving in Finland not to undergo compulsory quarantine
Uzbek-Korean JV to buy industrial vacuum cleaners via tender
Kazakhstan's import of Austrian-made goods plummets during COVID-19
Turkey unveils 1H2020 volume of gasoil movement through its ports
Mevlut Cavusoglu: Turkey always next to fraternal Azerbaijan
Azerbaijan's PM holds phone talk with CEO of BP Group
Iran’s Bahar Azadi gold coin price continues to rise
Iran talks about details of dairy products export
Volume of gas injected into storages in Azerbaijan disclosed
Turkish Anadolu news agency publishes interview with Azerbaijani MP Sevil Mikayilova on Azerbaijani-Turkish relations
Russia is first to register COVID-19 vaccine worldwide
French privacy watchdog opens preliminary investigation into TikTok
Azerbaijani currency rates for August 11
Demand for coal in Uzbekistan increases
Georgian Partnership Fund to sell its shares in Telasi energy distributor company
Design of upper block for Azerbaijan's Karabakh field being developed
Home purchases in Israel at 10-year peak in June
Iran's Tehran Oil Refining Company to boost its production
South Korean company to build cement plant in Uzbekistan
Azerbaijani FM: Azerbaijani-Turkish relations successfully developing in all areas
Azerbaijani president: Interest of foreign investors in oil and gas industry, in Azerbaijan’s oil and gas potential showing no sign of abating
Azerbaijani president: Just as we are returning to once abandoned Garabagh field today, we will return to our native Karabakh land in same manner
Iran to save foreign currency via domestic production
Turkmenistan’s Balkan region to increase volume of agricultural production
Amount of MOL Group’s provisions at Azeri-Chirag-Gunashli disclosed
Uzbekistan, Russia expanding bilateral cooperation in agro-industrial sector
Jackets for Azerbaijani Absheron field ready - BOS Shelf
Azerbaijani president: Garabagh field jacket demonstrates our strength again
FM: 29 agreements to be signed between Azerbaijan, Turkey
President Ilham Aliyev: First gas and oil at Garabagh field should be produced in two years – at the end of 2022
Azerbaijani FM to meet with Turkish president
Bos Shelf: Sail away of jacket for Azerbaijani ACE project expected in late 2021
President Ilham Aliyev: All projects are being implemented successfully
President Ilham Aliyev: By doing all this work, we are redrawing an energy map of Eurasia
Azerbaijani president: Southern Gas Corridor is our historic achievement
Iran exports major part of non-oil products to neighboring countries
Azerbaijani president: Then leadership of Azerbaijan – the PFPA-Musavat tandem – allowed for occupation of our lands
Georgian Healthcare Group removed from London Stock Exchange
Iran building new solar panel station
Iran reports its COVID-19 data for August 11
MOL Group reveals capex in Azeri-Chirag-Gunashli
Uzbekistan discovers new gas field in country's Bukhara region
MOL Group increases filling stations in Europe
European Gymnastics President: 38th edition of FIG Congress to be held in Antalya
Azerbaijani oil grows in price
BOS Shelf completes construction of largest offshore jacket in Caspian Sea
New wells put into operation at Iran's South Pars gas field
Azerbaijani, Turkish FMs holding meeting in Ankara (PHOTO)
Central Bank of Azerbaijan launches IFC-funded digital financial service project
Georgia's Herbia company plans to expand its operations
All news