Clearing the trash

Published: Wednesday 15 May 2002

Mount Everest is the world's tallest mountain and the world's highest garbage dump. A four-nation Asian team will clear the 8,850-metre high peak of mounds of oxygen cylinders, plastic, food cans, ropes and tents left behind by other climbers. The team will have 29 members belonging to Georgia, Japan, Korea and Nepal. They will try to clear up to 1.5 tonnes of garbage between Camp Two at about 6,400 metres and South Col at 7,900 metres. The collected garbage will be transported to Korea and Japan where it will be publicly displayed to build awareness about the trash on Everest.

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