There will be no plastic on Everest, a use plastic ban on the world’s highest mountain
No Plastic on Everest By 2020, the Nepal government has taken this step to make the Everest region plastic-free.
The Nepal government has taken a major step to reduce pollution on Mount Everest, the world’s highest mountain. In order to make Everest Region a plastic-free zone by 2020, the government has decided to ban Single Use Plastics (Ban) on single use plastics. According to the news of EU, Solukhumbu district of Nepal The Executive Council of Khumb Pasang Lamu Rural Municipality reached this decision on Wednesday. This new rule will come into effect from 1 January 2020.
Ban on most plastic items
International environmentalists have expressed their concern that Nepal has not done enough to protect the fragile environment of the world’s highest peak. Ganesh Ghimire, chief administrative rural municipality official, said that plastic items of less than 30 micron thickness have been banned. These items include plastic bags, straws, soda and water bottles and most food packaging.
He said, ‘Popular cold drinks like Coke, Fanta, Sprite, Mirinda and other beverages in plastic bottles will not be allowed. But cold drinks will be allowed in metal cans. However, Ghimire said that there is no provision of penalty so far against those who violate the rule.
Foreign tourists – people will be made aware
The Government of Nepal is also focusing on the ‘Visit Nepal’ campaign next year, which aims to attract 2 million foreign tourists for tourism.
“We will work with local bodies, trekking companies and the Mountaineering Association of Nepal to enforce the ban,” he said. He said that awareness will be created among local people and foreign tourists about the negative effects of plastic on the environment. Ghimire said that the locals living in the Khambu area will be provided with five plastic bags of different types and sizes, which they can use for daily activities.
56,303 foreign trekkers and mountaineers visited the Everest region. Hundreds of foreign climbers spend thousands of dollars to reach the world’s highest peak, which usually starts in early April and lasts until May.