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'10 Pieces' Litter Collection

You know the old adage “the simple things are often the best”. Well it’s never been truer when it comes to the ‘10 Pieces’ initiative.

Previously we have encouraged you to “take only photographs, leave only footprints”. But now, we encourage you to “take only photographs and 10 Pieces of litter, leave only footprints”.

Often the places we visit are remote. It’s one of the reasons we find them so alluring. In developing countries these places have limited infrastructure ... No ‘council rubbish collection’! In fact there is likely very limited rubbish disposal options at all and until relatively recently there was little in the way of litter because there was no packaging made from glass, metal or plastic, it was all biodegradable. Largely because of this local villagers and herders have commonly left any ‘packaging’ lying around. This wasn’t a problem when it was a broken piece of pottery, a wooden pot or bamboo basket. However with the increasing uptake of modern packaging and the onset of tourism into these areas, non-biodegradable litter has become more and more prevalent.

World Expeditions aspires to the principles of Leave No Trace. We endeavor to operate our treks in a way that the waste generated is disposed of in the best way possible. In remote areas combustible litter is burned as cleanly as possible and non-combustible litter is carried out. In the popular trekking regions of Annapurna and Everest, we have taken the initiative of building rubbish incinerators at all of our permanent eco campsites and we carry portable incineraters with us to use at wilderness camps. Learn more about how we responsibly dispose of litter on our treks.

But now we are taking it one step further ... and we need your help!

On our treks in Nepal and Peru, as well as on a selection of treks in Bhutan and on Mount Rinjani, you can volunteer to participate in 10 Pieces. We’ll alert you to the opportunity before your departure, at which point you can volunteer to help us make the world a better place.

** Check out 10 Pieces initiative in action in Peru **


For more information about the ’10 Pieces’ litter collection initiative email donna@worldexpeditions.com 

                                                   
  
Countries we visit
we are also associated with:
Fred Hollows Foundation
Porter Protect
Wilderness
The Himalayan Trust UK