Most notably is the plastic trash that locals have to burn to get rid of as there is no garbage collection. Deepak was worried about the effect the plastic pollution was having on the mountain and the environment. The vegetation on the mountain has already decreased in the last 15 years and with the more trekkers coming each year, the plastic situation was getting worse.
When the Magic of Trash2Cash Program came to his village, Deepak learned easy ways to transform plastic resources into useful and valuable products. Pulling together with villagers, they stopped any more throwing, dumping and burning of plastic waste and starting collecting their clean and dry plastics as resources to buy a machine and upcycle in to plastic earthquake resistant bricks.
Deepak says: ‘Thanks to the Magic of Trash2Cash, I have learned that I could do something for the environment and protect our mountain for generations to come. We will continue to do this program and spread the message to other villagers and trekkers so they can spread the word too and benefit communities everywhere.”