The news is out: [A dedicated clean-up team sent to Mount Everest has collected three tons of garbage in its first two weeks, officials said Wednesday, in an ambitious plan to clean the world’s highest rubbish dump.
Decades of commercial mountaineering have left the pristine mountain polluted as an increasing number of big-spending climbers pay little attention to the ugly footprint they leave behind.
Fluorescent tents, discarded climbing equipment, empty gas canisters and even human excrement litter the well-trodden route to the summit of the 29,029 feet peak.
The team has collected and bundled the three tons of rubbish, including empty cans, bottles, plastic and discarded climbing gear from the base camp and surrounding areas bustling with climbers preparing and acclimatizing to summit Everest.]
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