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 organization 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 Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Civil Aviation (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).
SPCC is the lead organization working to manage waste in Khumbu Region, which form the Sagarmatha National Park and its Buffer Zone and also encompass the core Everest trekking area. Our working area covers the ward 2, 3, 4 and 5 of Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality. Since 1997, the SPCC has been contracted by the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA) to set the climbing route through the Khumbu Icefall each year. The SPCC also works to check climbing permits, monitor illegal climbing, and implement waste management strategies at the base camps of the Khumbu area’s mountains and peaks including Mt. Everest.We also manage garbage in settlements and along trekking trails in direct coordination with local communities. We conduct all waste management activities including building of waste management infrastructures, waste collection, segregation and treatment/disposal. Currently, we focus on developing sustainable waste management strategies with a long-term goal of keeping Khumbu clean.
Our Work Stations
Our waste management activities cover all the trekking trails, base camps, and all settlements located within the Sagarmatha National Park and its Buffer Zone. Our head office is located at Namche Bazaar. We have several branch offices and seasonal offices located at various settlements and base camps. Currently, SPCC employs around 20 permanent staff and 50 seasonal staff to conduct our programs.