This handout picture taken on May 20, 2018 and released on June 12 shows discarded climbing equipment and rubbish scattered around Camp 4 of Mount Everest. (AFP/Damian Benegas)
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As this year's spring climbing season kicked off last month, the Nepalese government sent a 14-member team with a target to bring back 10 tons of trash from Everest within a month and a half.Eight members are now cleaning Camp 2 at 6,400 meters and teams of three will take turns to go up to Camp 4 at 7,950 meters, where they will spend 15 days litter-picking on the snowy slopes.Six years ago, Nepal implemented a $4,000 rubbish deposit per team that would be refunded if each climber brought down at least eight kilos of waste, but only half of the climbers return with their trash.
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