Plastic items of less than 30 microns thickness to be banned in Khumbu region

21st Aug, 2019 | Tourism Mail Crew

SOLUKHUMBU, Aug 21: Plastic items of less than 30 microns thickness is going to be banned in Khumbu Pasanglhamu Rural Municipality in Solukhumbu district from the starting of 2020.

This type of announcement was done earlier in 1999 but it couldn't be implemented due to the lack of cooperation among the locals.“The locals are now really concerned about climate change issues and excessive pollution in the Khumbu region, so this time the ban will be effective,” said Ganesh Ghimire, the chief administrative officer of the rural municipality.

Lots of environmental problems has been raised in the khumbu region due to the increasing flow of tourists who come up with lots of non-biodegradable waste which is difficult to manage. “But plastic items that are more than 30 microns thick will be allowed,” Ghimire said.

"All types of plastic bags, bottles and items not meeting the given standard will be banned here. Anyone using banned plastic items will be fined,” he added.

The council is currently discussing ways to properly manage the waste. After this there will be a meeting with airline companies and trekking companies to inform them about the new rule, he said.

According to the notice issued,“Items like Coke, Fanta, Sprite and other beverages in plastic bottles will not be allowed but beverages in metal cans will be allowed.”