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At the end of every month, we make a report of the amount of waste our teams and trekkers have collected from the trails. This waste is segregated and handed over to waste management units in the respective regions.
This time, 177 groups that trekked with us in June/July collected 1088 kg of waste from the various Himalayan treks in Jammu and Kashmir, Uttarakhand, and Himachal Pradesh.
Most of the waste consists of plastic packets and wrappers that do not weigh more than a fraction of a gram. Such flimsy plastic waste amounting to 1000 kg was lying strewn across in the mountains.
"Our trekkers and internal team members have done a back-breaking job, not only collecting every bit of litter, but segregating it too," shares Sharwari Brahme, who is leading the Green Trails initiative at Indiahikes.
To keep the momentum going, two new members have joined the Green Trails team -- Ankit and Satvik Rane. They will be working with us for the next three months to make trekking more sustainable and help us leave mountains better than we find them.