Yeti Airlines — 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 — has collected 45 tons of recyclable waste from the Everest region so far.
The process of airlifting non-biodegradable waste produced by trekking activities in the Everest region was initiatedon17 March 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), particularly relating to biodiversity conservation (SDG 15) and climate change (SDG13). The company plans to airlift a further 30 tons of recyclable waste to Kathmandu in September 2019.
The partners of the Everest Clean-Up Campaign SPCC, a local environmental conservation organization, the Himalaya Club Lukla and the Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality— worked on the collection of non-biodegradable waste in the Everest region. The accumulated debris was then airlifted to Kathmandu from Lukla’sTenzing- Hillary airport.
Blue Waste to Value received the recyclable waste from Yeti’s sister organization, Tara Air, at Kathmandu airport. The rubbish comprises mainly of empty beer and food cans and discarded mountaineering and trekking equipment, all of which are eventually recycled into metal vessels, cooking utensils and construction materials.