Students at engineering or architecture schools, they are completing the plans for a project called “Tri-Haut pour l’Everest”. The aim: to build a recycling center at the foot of Mount Everest and help local populations combat the pollution caused by tourist waste.

Tri-Haut pour l’Everest” is tackling a dizzying project: building a recycling center at the foot of Mount Everest (8848 m), in Nepal’s Khumbu Valley. The aim is to combat the 250 tons of non-recycled waste left behind by trekkers on expeditions every year. Five students, Arthur, Laurène, Pierre, Clémence and Lucas, studying architecture and engineering in Grenoble, are finishing drawing up the plans.  They will fly to Pangboche, the last inhabited village before the first Everest base camp, to start building the recycling center.

“The aim of this project, launched in 2020, is to provide a sustainable response to waste recycling in Nepal,” explains Arthur Bergerot, treasurer and an engineer trained at Ense3 in Grenoble. “Currently, plastic is simply burnt in open dumps”. As part of “Tri-Haut pour l’Everest”, the 21-year-old is working with two other engineers to develop machines capable of sustainably treating plastic waste.

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