World Newsletter

23 August 2019

Nepal will make the Everest region a plastic-free zone by 2020 by banning single-use plastics, a move that will curb excessive pollution on the highest point of the Earths surface. 

The executive council of Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality in Solukhumbu district reached this decision on Wednesday, the Efe news reported. 

The new rule will come into effect from January 1, 2020. 
Nepal is also marking the Visit Nepal campaign next year which aims to draw 2 million foreign visitors. 

International environmentalists have expressed their concern that Nepal has not done enough to protect the fragile environment of the worlds highest peak. 

Ganesh Ghimire, the Chief Administrative Officer of the rural municipality, said that plastic items fewer than 30 microns thickness had been banned. 

These items include plastic bags, straws, soda and water bottles and most food packaging. 

Popular soft drink items like Coke, Fanta, Sprite, Mirinda and other 
beverages in plastic bottles will not be allowed, he said. But beverages in metal cans will be allowed.Ghimire said that no penalty had been agreed on for people violating the rule yet. 

We will be working with the local body, trekking companies and the 
Mountaineering Association of Nepal to enforce the ban,he said, adding that awareness would be created among locals and foreign visitors about the negative effects of plastic on the environment. 

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