Indian Army to Remove Mount Everest Trash

On 50th anniversary of country’s first summit

The trash removal trip will coincide with the 50th anniversary of Indian Army members' first ascent of Everest. (emifaulk/Flickr)

Later this month, a 34-member team of Indian Army mountaineers will scale Mount Everest to carry down more than 8,800 pounds of garbage, Time reported Wednesday.

The trip will coincide with the 50th anniversary of the first Everest summit by members of the Indian Army.

This is not the first action to remove the nonbiodegradable trash and equipment that have piled up as thousands of people have made the climb over the years. The Nepalese government has required each climber to bring down eight kilograms (17.6 pounds) of trash from the mountain since April 2014. Issues of trash removal on Everest exist alongside growing concerns about the effects of human waste on the mountain.

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