By utilising the movement of people, Carry Me Back is a crowdsourced waste removal system to transport the waste generated in high altitude mountain regions for its proper recycling
Carry Me Back is the first project of Sagarmatha Next, and was born from the joint efforts of various local organizations and social enterprises to tackle environmental challenges in the Khumbu Region.
As its name suggests, Carry Me Back is a system designed to send waste back to its rightful place. The idea is to utilise the movement of the tourists and locals in removing the waste out of the national park. In this way, visitors and locals have the opportunity to contribute to the removal of waste out of the national park.
Sagarmatha Pollution Control Committee (SPCC) collects the waste, segregates it, and shreds it to reduce the volume. The shredded waste is packed in 0.1 and 1 kg bags, designed by Super Local and manufactured by mowaredesign.
The bags are offered to all visitors and locals leaving Sagarmatha National Park when they came across the pick up stations, and they drop them off at the dedicated bins at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, where the social enterprise Blue Waste to Value takes them for further recycling at its facilities.
What is the strategy?
What is the strength?
Utilising people’s movement to manage the waste in the region.
The pilot project took place during the trekking season in Autumn 2019. Visitors and trekkers could collect the carry me back bags from the pick-up station located by the Stupa in Namche Bazaar.
About 2,500 trekkers participated in the pilot, and thanks to their efforts, we could transport a total of 4,000 kg of waste to Kathmandu.
After a successful pilot, we are looking forward to continuing with the carry me back projects once the trekking season re-starts again in the Khumbu region, and replicate the model across other mountain regions of Nepal.