Everest Clean Up Campaign Autumn 2019 by Yeti Airlines and Tara Air
In partnership with the Sagarmatha Pollution Control Committee (SPCC), Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality, Himalaya Club Lukla, Blue Waste to Value and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Nepal have collected 45 tons of recyclable waste from the Everest region so far.
The accumulated debris was then airlifted to Kathmandu from Lukla’s Tenzing- Hillary Airport. Blue Waste to Value received the recyclable waste from Yeti’s sister organisation, Tara Air, at Kathmandu airport. The wastes comprised mainly of empty beer and food cans and discarded mountaineering and trekking equipment, all of which would eventually be recycled into metal vessels, cooking utensils and construction materials.
The process of airlifting non-biodegradable waste produced by trekking activities in the Everest region was initiated on March 17, 2018. Yeti Airlines set the ambitious target of flying out 100 tons of recyclable waste from the Everest region in 2018 as part of its commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) relating to biodiversity conservation (SDG 15) and climate change (SDG13). The company plans to airlift a further of 30 tons of recyclable waste to Kathmandu in September 2019.