Trash to treasure: Everest garbage gets second life | AFP

Tonnes of trash litter Mount Everest, which has been dubbed the “highest dumpster in the world”. But little by little upcycled items from mountain waste are making their way as authorities and businesses look for fresh ways to tackle the damage caused by decades of commercial mountaineering.

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Everest garbage gets second life | AFP

Tonnes of trash litter Mount Everest, which has been dubbed the “highest dumpster in the world”. But little by little upcycled items from mountain waste are making their way as authorities and businesses look for fresh ways to tackle the damage caused by decades of commercial mountaineering.

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Tonnes of trash from Mt. Everest handed over for recycling | AFP

Bags of trash weighing nearly eleven tonnes brought from Mount Everest to Kathmandu by army helicopters and trucks were handed over to a local recycling company.

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India’s Mount Everest of garbage set to outgrow the Taj Mahal | AFP

India’s highest rubbish dump is on course to outstrip the Taj Mahal in terms of height over the course of the next 12 months, with no end in sight to its foul-smelling growth.

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Calls to reign in unfit climbers after deadly Everest season | AFP

Eleven people died on Mount Everest this season, marred by chaos, overcrowding and fatal queues on freezing ridges of the mountain as a record numbers of climbers tried to summit. Returning climbers and mountaineering experts have criticised the government’s policy to dole out permits to anyone who forks up the $11,000 permit fee, opening doors to inexperienced climbers that risk themselves and others on the mountain.

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Guide warns against dangers of ‘human ego’ on Everest | AFP

Tashi Sherpa, an internationally certified mountain guide, says some people who want to climb Mount Everest “never think that they have to get back.” This climbing season was the deadliest in years, with 11 people losing their lives on the Everest slopes.

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Here’s the latest for Wednesday, May 29: Special Counsel Robert Mueller breaks silence; White House says “move on” from Russia probe; Record number of tornadoes in Midwest; Traffic jam on Mount Everest.

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Nepal marks first Everest climb in deadly season

Nepal has commemorated the anniversary of the first ascent of Mount Everest more than 60 years ago amid a climbing season marred by the highest death toll in four years. (May 29)

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Deaths rise on crowded Mount Everest

Nepal’s reluctance to limit the number of permits it issues to scale Mount Everest has contributed to dangerous overcrowding, with inexperienced climbers impeding others and causing deadly delays, seasoned mountaineers said. (May 28)

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Trump insists ‘the wall is very, very on its way’

President Donald Trump says the wall he envisions in some places along the southern border would be harder to scale than Mount Everest. He says the wall is “very, very on its way” and says people will have to be very fit to scale it. (Feb. 13)

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