WINNER of the UIAA Mountain Protection Awards 2020-21 Best New Initiative!
We are very proud that our concept, the No Bins Project, won Best New Initiative at the UIAA Mountain Protection Awards 20-21.
Tourism is vital to mountain resort economies, but systemic change is needed to ensure it becomes truly sustainable. It will take a shift in attitude by all involved. Tourists, hospitality businesses and resort operators all have a vital role to play and we need to better understand their needs so that they can become part of the solution.
The goal of the No Bins project is to share the responsibility for removing rubbish and other waste from the mountains with those who are climbing, hiking, skiing, walking and visiting them. In other locations, removing rubbish bins has already proven to be one way of achieving this.
We want to move attitudes away from visitors buying consumables in single-use packing and throwing away rubbish on the mountains (even into a bin) and towards consciously choosing items in reusable or recyclable containers. Critically, we want everyone to take responsibility for their waste by carrying all their rubbish back down the mountain to be reused, recycled or disposed of using the infrastructure on the valley floor.
That will take consultation and engagement with visitors so that they understand that their freedom to enjoy the mountains also comes with a responsibility to protect them too.