Nepali sherpa climbers will be paid to bring trash down from Mount Everest under a new program by the Nepal Mountaineering Association. Bhumi Lal Lama, an official with the group, says sherpas may earn up to $6 for each pound of garbage they carry from various upper camps to base camp. The worst site is the South Col camp at 25,918 feet, where climbers and their support teams have left empty oxygen canisters, old ladders, and other trash. Lama expects about 8,800 pounds of waste to be collected in the effort.
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Planet Ark, Reuters, Gopal Sharma, 27 Feb 2001