Burning Man doubles down on its ‘leave no trace’ commitment, asks attendees to dispose of human waste in bags
“Leave no trace” has been one of the core principles of Burning Man‘s commandments since the very beginning. Unfortunately, this ideal has fallen a bit to the wayside in recent years. According to the Reno Gazette Journal, the Bureau Of Land Management reported that some 80,000 hippies have been defecating the Playa. To put it bluntly, we’re talking peeing and pooping on the sand, folks.
In an effort to combat the attendees’ shitty behavior (wow), the Bureau Of Land Management has vowed that it’ll place “mobile rave zones” next to Porta Potties in areas of the deep playa that are further away from accessible toilets. Of course, the BLM’s report did indicate that Burning Man staff does already “search for and quickly clean up human waste deposited during deep playa music events,” but they will now “hand out or ask Burners to bring pee bottle and poop bags for camp and deep playa events.”
The recent news in improved toilet etiquette comes on the heels of last year’s 1,700 provided Porta Potties.
Burning Man’s “leave no trace” commitment is centered around the avoidance of MOOP, an acronym for “matter out of place.”