China to add "eco-friendly" toilet on Mount Everest
Tackling the waste problem
Climbers with pressing needs on Mount Everest will soon find an "eco-friendly" toilet at a Chinese campsite 7,028 metres above sea level in an ongoing campaign to deal with the peak’s waste problem.
World's highest rubbish dump
Decades of commercial mountaineering have turned Mount Everest into the world’s highest rubbish dump as an increasing number of bigspending mountaineers pay little attention to the ugly footprint they leave behind.
Pollution all around
Fluorescent tents, discarded climbing equipment, empty gas canisters and even human excrement pollute the well-trodden route to the summit of the 8,848-metre peak.
During the climbing season this spring, a Chinese expedition company will add what state media dubbed an "eco-friendly" loo at the higher campsite on the northern slope in Tibet.
"The toilet makes it easy to collect human waste produced by the climbers as there is a barrel with rubbish bags underneath the toilet," Xinhua quoted Pema Tinley, deputy secretary general of the Tibet Mountaineering Association, as saying.
The waste will be collected and brought down the mountain.
Similar facilities have been installed at lower camps, including at the 5,200-metre north base camp, in previous years, according to Xinhua.