With successful ascent of Mount Everest by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenjing Norgay Sherpa in 1953, Khumbu Region has become a popular tourist destination attracting thousands of mountaineers and trekkers from around the globe. In absence of a concrete rules and regulations as for the disposal of garbage generated by tourists, there had been a serious concern over solid waste management issues in late 1980’s. This led to the formation of a local environmental institution named ‘Sagarmatha Pollution Control Committee’ (SPCC) – a non-profit and non-governmental organization established in 1991 by the people of Khumbu with support from WWF Nepal and MoCTCA.
SPCC is legally registered under the District Administration office in Solukhumbu district (Registration no- 20) and also registered with Social Welfare Council (Registration no-10989). Since inception, it has been actively engaged in wastes management sector in the three VDCs: Chaurikharka, Namche and Khumjung of Sagarmatha National Park and Buffer Zone. SPCC is the authorized local organization responsible for monitoring garbage in the permit required mountains and peaks. In direct coordination with local communities, we also manage garbage in major settlements and along trekking trails. Currently, we focus on developing sustainable waste management strategies with a long-term goal of keeping Khumbu clean.