Mountaineer picks up Mount Everest rubbish

A Japanese climber and his team have brought 500 kilograms of rubbish down from Mount Everest in a campaign to clean the world's highest mountain, which has been nicknamed "the world's highest garbage dump", news agencies reported on Tuesday.
It was the fifth trip by Ken Noguchi, who began his campaign in 2000.
Noguchi, who was aided by two other Japanese mountaineers and 12 Sherpa guides, says Everest is cleaner than before because of rising awareness about the impact of leaving rubbish on the mountain.
“During this year’s cleanup expedition, I found that the amount of waste left on the mountain has been drastically decreased,” Noguchi told reporters Monday.