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article imageEnvironmentalists want toilets installed on Mt. Everest

By Kevin Fitzgerald     Oct 13, 2011 in Environment
An environmentalist group, known as Eco Himal, is requesting that portable public toilets be installed on Mt. Everest to help promote a cleaner environment.
As the world's highest altitude mountain, Mt. Everest has long been a popular destination for avid mountain climbers. With that popularity, a lot of people attempt to reach the summit, leaving a trail of waste in their wake. Much of that waste comes from human defecation, since many hikers are left with no other choice but to go wherever they can when nature calls due to lack of restroom facilities.
The Telegraph reports that Eco Himal's director, Phinjo Sherpa, wants to try installing just 2 or 3 portable toilets to commence the project, and then see how it progresses.
Some people have expressed opposition to this proposal. Wangchhu Sherpa, president of the Everest Summiteers Association, says that the structures for the toilets would eventually collapse due to shifting ice on the mountain, according to AFP.
The Daily Mail states that a group, known as Eco Everest Expedition, has collected more than 10 tons of garbage, nearly 900 pounds of human waste, and 4 dead bodies from the mountain since 2008.
Mt. Everest is often referred to as the "world's highest dumpster" due to the amount of waste left behind by hikers.
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