Yeti Airlines cleans up 5,000 kg of waste from Everest region

18th Mar, 2018 | Tourism Mail Crew

KATHMANDU, Mar 18: 5,000 kg of non-burnable and non-biodegradable waste from the Everest region was flown to Kathmandu from Lukla today as part of the Everest Clean-up Campaign 2018.

The inaugural clean-up flight took off from Tenzing-Hillary Airport, Lukla. The cleanup was conducted by Yeti Airlines and its subsidiary Tara Air as part of the commitment of the UN Sustainable Development Goals against climate change. The waste included empty beer bottles and cans, empty food tins, discarded mountaineering and trekking equipment.

Similarly, 100,000 kg solid waste was collected from different locations in Gorakshep, Gokyo, Pheriche, Pangboche, Thame, Namche Bazaar, Phakding, Monju, and Lukla. The waste was brought to Lukla Airport by porters and zopkyoks—a hybrid between the yak and domestic cattle. The waste was handed over to Blue Waste to Value in Kathmandu. The recycling firm will segregate and recycle the waste.

The Himalayan region is facing a growing environmental threat from the waste generated by tourism activities. Despite rigorous efforts of rural municipalities and local conservation organisations, managing large volume of waste in this Himalayan region remains a challenge.

“It is our fight against environment degradation. Lukla is important to us as thousands of tourists visit the region. It is also in our interest to support this region. This campaign encourages to keep our Himalayas unspoiled,” said Umesh Chandra Rai, CEO, Yeti Airlines.

The airlines has a target of flying out 100 tonnes of waste from the Everest region as a part of its commitment to the UN Sustainable Development Goals against climate change. “Such activities will help promote a culture of ethical and responsible business, while ultimately contributing to achieve the Sustainable Development goals,” said Valerie Juliand, UN Resident  Co-ordinator and UNDP Resident Representative, Nepal.