Clean-up day in Andermatt: Successful mountain clean-up. Hardly any PET bottles along the ski slopes.

August 17, 2020

The 2020 clean-up day took place in Andermatt on Saturday. Some 70 volunteers collected about 460 kilograms of waste between Oberalppass, Schneehüenerstock and Nätschen. The material was then sorted for recycling and brought down to the valley.

Around 60 adults and children met on Saturday in perfect weather at the valley station of the Gütsch-Express cable railway in Andermatt. They had travelled from all over Switzerland to take part in the clean-up day organised by Andermatt Swiss Alps and Protect our Winters Schweiz (POW). Equipped with gloves and bags from the Summit Foundation, the helpers set off into the countryside. And they soon found what they were looking for: heaps of waste left lying around beneath the chair lifts and gondolas and on the ski slopes during the winter season.

460 kilograms of waste

In the early afternoon, the first groups of volunteers arrived at the middle station of the cable railway, heavily laden. There, the Summit Foundation team weighed and sorted the waste. Since mainly wood and metal was found, most of the material can be recycled. The most unusual finds included an antique-looking beer can and rusty ammunition from military exercises. The heaviest sacks had to be collected by pick-up. As a thank you, the helpers were then treated to a cosy get-together with food and drinks served by Mountain Food.

“No plastic” strategy starting to have an effect

Encouraging upshot of the clean-up days: The nature conservation efforts of Andermatt Swiss Alps are beginning to have an effect. PET drinks bottles and other forms of plastic are avoided as far as possible in the Mountain Food restaurants on the mountain. In addition, guests can refill their drinking bottles with fresh mountain water free of charge. As a result, fewer disposable bottles that could end up being thrown away in the countryside are used. This explains why the helpers found hardly any PET bottles lying around. 

Key figures

  • some 60 volunteers from all over Switzerland

  • 8 locals volunteered as guides

  • 460 kilograms of waste

  • 90 per cent of the material will be recycled (wood, metal, plastic)


POW Schweiz

Summit Foundation


Andermatt Swiss Alps AG

From vision to destination: During the past several years, Andermatt has developed into a popular year-round holiday resort with numerous attractive features: apartment buildings, hotels and chalets, a Scottish-style 18-hole golf course that offers golfers a welcome challenge, and the SkiArena, not only one of the most modern ski regions in Switzerland but also the largest in Central Switzerland, with pistes from Andermatt to Sedrun and Disentis. With its perfect blend of alpine simplicity and urban sophistication, the five-star deluxe hotel The Chedi Andermatt exudes a special magic, as does the Radisson Blu Hotel Reussen, with its public indoor pool and wellness-and-fitness area. More apartment buildings and hotels will be built in the forthcoming years. /

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