- Nepal authorities have announced a ban on single-use plastics in Mount Everest region.The new rule will come into effect from January 1, 2020.
- This decision is aimed at reducing the vast amounts of waste left by trekkers and mountaineers.
- Single-use plastics,often referred to as disposable plastics are commonly used for plastic packaging.It includes items intended to be used only once before they are thrown away or recycled.
- The ban covers plastic items fewer than 30 microns thickness.These include items such as plastic bags, straws, soda and water bottles and most food packaging.
- Recently,Nepal government had also conducted a clean-up initiative of Mount Everest.It collected nearly 11 tons of trash that had piled up for decades.
- Mount Everest known in Nepal as Sagarmatha and in Tibetan as Chomolungma is Earth’s highest mountain above sea level.It is located in the Mahalangur Himal sub-range of the Himalayas.The international border between Nepal and China(Tibet Autonomous Region) runs across its summit point.
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