Nepalese government plans to ban single-use plastics on Mount Everest

Source: VICE

Source: VICE

The Nepalese government has announced the intention of enacting a ban on single-use plastics on Mount Everest. The mountain has been an increasingly popular destination for professional and amateur climbers. The problem of overcrowding does only present a safety issue, but also an environmental one, given that the more people climb, the more trash is dumped.

In May of this year, a volunteer clean-up team picked up three metric tons of trash scattered across the Summit, and there are expert concerns on the pollution being covered by snow when global temperatures are threatening to upturn the polluted snow. 

It is unclear how the government will enforce the ban, or what will consist of the definition of single-use plastics, but the government is keen on making the mountain cleaner.