TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The headquarters of Yushan National Park pleaded with hikers to take their garbage down the mountain with them in a Facebook post on Friday (Sept. 3).
Even though mountain huts in the national park are still closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the national park has opened some trails for day trips and camping trips, including the route from Tataka Trailhead to the main peak of Yushan for day hikers.
During the park's closure as part of COVID-19 restrictions, park staff cleaned up trash that had been hidden in fields. However, as hikers have returned, the amount of garbage has increased, according to the national park.
“Why on earth is it so difficult to bring one’s own garbage down the mountain?” the park headquarters asked. “Everybody knows what ‘leave no trace’ means, but not many people can really abide by that rule.”
According to the Facebook post, less than one month after the national park partially reopened, garbage could already be seen everywhere.
Park headquarters Deputy Director Lu Shu-huei (盧淑妃) said Saturday that the toilets at the mid-mountain Paiyun Lodge are open to hikers for their convenience, but trash such as instant noodle bowls, single-use chopsticks, and food packages has been found in toilet garbage cans, where only toilet paper is allowed.
(Yushan National Park Headquarters photos)