I read a lengthy article on this. There are two approaches, and one side closely regulates how many climbing passes they sell, screens applicants for appropriate experience levels, and checks that climbers bring down their trash--and hold onto their trash removal deposit if they don't. (They use it to pay local climbers to retrieve it.) That side is still in pretty good shape despite being busy the entire climbing season.
The other approach, in another country, sells climbing passes to anybody who has the money. They do not require any trash removal. This is the side with the shocking images of lines of climbers waiting for their turn for the photo op at the top, seas of trash and exposed sewage at base camps, etc. They also have far more injured climbers, because they don't screen for any climbing experience or high altitude equipment or experience.
· 4 weeks ago