Nepal bans single use plastics on Everest region

  1. 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.
  2. This decision is aimed at reducing the vast amounts of waste left by trekkers and mountaineers.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.