Compagnie du Mont Blanc, the operators of the Chamonix ski resort have proudly issued a press release about the clean up work of being conducted on the mountains.
As visitors to a ski resort, we see the pristine pure white mountain views and enjoy the freshly groomed courdroy slopes. What we don't appreciate is the amount of work it takes to keep a ski resort that way and do not even give a second thought to work of cleaning up decades of thoughtless disposal of construction waste.
All congratulations goes to Compagnie du Mont Blanc, the resort's operator for their work in the environmental clean up that's been quietly happening in the background for the past few years.
Let's not be coy, we were all at fault. Until a few decades or so ago, no one would've thought twice, anywhere in the world, to dump rubbish in the oceans; it was the norm for industry to pour waste materials into rivers; just as it was ok to dump construction waste into crevasses or simply burn inflamable waste on-site.
Of course, now it is just not OK. Such behaviour today is regarded as environmental vandalism and it's not tolerated.
The Chamonix Ski Resort has gone several steps further - they're not just doing what's considered the norm these days in handling and recycling waste but are also correcting the mistakes of the past.
To limit the impact of the past,
Emerick Desvaux the Co-Works Manager at the Aiguille du Midi shares that the operation in removing the cables was particularly delicate.
"The cable was 3100m long and weighed 50 tons. Cutting it ran the risk of it whiplashing up the mountain, damaging installations on its way such as the present 2nd section cable, the footbridge and the lift terrace...
...The solution was to pin the cable to the cliff using anchor rings every 50cm which absorbed the choc when the cable was severed in two. The lower half was chopped up into 40m long segments, heliported down the mountain and recycled..."
What an amazing story! That's just as impressive as the engineering feat to create the structures at the Midi.
Given the klaxon of ever more profits, I find it noteworthy that a company would spend money and invest resources in cleaning up areas of the mountains which won't immediately present an economic return.
Mont Blanc have already invested 1.2m euros to do exactly that. And that's besides the usual recycling of 350 tons of annual waste.
Well done Chamonix ski resort!
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P.S. I like this news about more environmental efforts at Chamonix: