There is no garbage collection service
at Burning Man. Every Camp is responsible for its refuse. We are ALL
responsible for trash in Black Rock City. Trash can be ANYTHING you bring
here: tent stakes, bottle caps, ashes, orange peels, cigarette butts,
pistachio shells, and boa fibers ó even sequins. When you see trash on the
ground in BRC, pick it up and take it
with you! Better yet, prevent trash from happening. Observe this simple rule:
Donít let it hit the Ground.
Only human waste and one-ply toilet paper in portable toilets.
Put a weight on or tie down anything
in your camp that can blow away.
Don't throw any thing on the ground.
Carry a film canister for an ashtray.
Avoid unnecessary packaging.
Use a grill, gas or propane stove to
Don't bring glass containers of any
kind, or allow others to throw glass into fires.
Don't use glitter or bring boas.
Clean as you go (you won't see it later
as layers of dust accumulate.) Police your campsite on a grid before leaving.
Remove EVERYTHING. If you would like to take part in the ongoing cleanup
effort during the event please stop by the Earth Guardian camp in Center Camp.
We need help with work projects including cleaning the trash fence, garbage
pick up in
communal areas, garbage sweeps in public areas, assisting Recycling Camp, and
educating other participants about cleanup. Remember, Sunday and Monday are
cleanup days, and Earth Guardians will be ready to put you to work helping out
with this effort.
In addition to contributing time toward the overall event site cleanup on
Sunday and Monday, we ask that all camps walk their occupied area in a grid
pattern to effectively identify stray organic and inorganic matter. We
recommend the last person leaving self-identify as the Leave No Trace monitor
for your camp. Our permit allows for a very short time to restore the playa to
its original condition. We can only satisfy the BLM stipulations if all
citizens share in the responsibility.
If you have time to help AFTER the event ends on Tuesday, you must attend the
morning meeting at 7 AM at the DPW on site. Only those assisting with cleanup
will be permitted to remain onsite after Tuesday.
Cleanup tips - Sunday and Monday are Earth Guardian cleanup days!
Contribute 2 hours of your time to a general public clean up. Please join with
your neighbors on Sunday and Monday after the burn, or schedule two hours on
your own during your stay. The Earth Guardians in Center Camp can help put you
on a cleanup crew.
Batten down all objects in your camp, especially plastic cups or paper plates,
which can be swept away by the wind. (Better yet, donít BRING plastic cups or
paper plates. If you do, separate the paper trash for burning.)
If you bring bottles, take them home with you and recycle them there (aluminum
is recyclable in BRC).
No bottles in fires! They shatter and create a miserable pick up chore.
Police your camp daily for litter. Clean as you go.
Smokers! Carry a portable ashtray (a mint tin, or other closeable metal
receptacle) with you at all times. NEVER, EVER drop butts on the playa.
Tip for collecting and containing broken glass, nails, screws and other sharp
objects: take an empty plastic water jug and cut the top off (3Ē Diameter
hole) so that the handle remains intact. Donít forget gloves.
Bring shovels and metal containers to remove any ashes. Recycle reminders
(recycle, recycle, recycle!)
Think ahead: leave unnecessary packaging at home.
Reduce food packaging. Choose less messy
menu items (finger foods). Avoid leftovers (feed your neighbors). Bring
pre-cooked food (store in Ziplocs for easy-to-eat food on the run.)
Separate burnables from recyclable.
Bring a mesh bag to dehydrate wet garbage or 5 gallon sealable bucket to
store. This will isolate and reduce the burden of rotting food refuse.
Reuse containers. For example, concentrated juice may be purchased in 12 ounce
plastic bottles. Mix this into a gallon water jug, and use the original
concentrate bottle to drink out of over and over.
Choose crushable cans over plastic and glass. Aluminum cans can be brought to
Recycle Camp. See our web page for more information.
Bring your own reusable beverage container to cocktail parties ó ideally one
with a hook thatís part of your outfit wherever you go.
Garbage disposal after the event:
Do NOT discard refuse along the highway or in neighboring towns. Several
public landfills are located conveniently nearby.
In Fernley, FERNLEY SANITATION will be OPEN through the Labor Day
weekend. The office phone is 775-575-4964. The office (but not the dump) is
closed on weekends. The rate is $4.25 per cubic yard (27 cubic feet). To reach
Fernley Sanitation from Eastbound I-80 take the Fernley exit (immediately
after Wadsworth). Turn right onto Main Street, pass the Pilot Gas Station on
your right. Stay on Main Street to the light. At the light, make a right onto
Alternate US Highway 95a. Go about 2 miles and on the left hand you will see
the Public Wreckage Disposal building. Stop at the scale house on your way in.
LOCKWOOD LANDFILL will be open for business on Saturday, Sunday and
Monday Aug. 31, Sept. 1 and Sept. 2. They operate 8-4:30 weekends, and 7-4:30
on weekdays (even including the Labor Day Holiday!) Head West on I-80; get off
at the Lockwood exit. Go straight and continue past the cattle guard for
approximately a mile & a half. The entrance is on the left hand side.
RENO TRANSFER STATION (run by Reno Disposal also, 775-329-8822) will be
OPEN through the entire Labor Day weekend. Hours are 6 a.m.-6 p.m. weekdays
and 8a.m. - 6 p.m. holidays and weekends. They confirm they will operate on
Labor Day. The location in Reno is 1390 Commercial Row . Charge is $3.65 per
cubic yard. From I-80 westbound, exit at Wells Avenue, make a left turn left
onto 6th street and a right onto Sutro street. Make a left onto Commercial Row
and look for 1390 on your left.
Do not excavate holes in the playa. Small postholes (6 inches or less in
diameter & less than 2 feet deep) used for structural support are the sole
exception. When digging such a hole it is best to use an auger or a posthole
digger, NOT a shovel. Refill the hole by carefully tamping the soil back into
place. Repeat this process every few inches while dampening the soil. An
inverted sledgehammer works well for this. Experience has shown that larger
holes, sometimes used to sound-insulate generators or for pools, easily erode
within a yearís time, even when carefully backfilled. They leave a visible
mark and create a serious safety hazard.
The collection, excavation or vandalism of archaeological artifacts is
prohibited on public lands. If you find something, please contact a Black Rock
Ranger. There are a number of Native American and pioneer historical sites in
the surrounding Black Rock Desert Region. Burning Man and our crew of BLM-trained
volunteers, the Earth Guardians are committed to assisting the BLM in
protecting these areas. Several immigrant wagon-trails crossed the Playa, and
evidence of the ruts can be seen in some remote areas. Please respect these
historical landmarks. If you are curious, please contact the Oregon California
Trail Association and join an organized exploration.
- Most of this information was borrowed from the Arizona BM Regional Group.
Thanks to them for providing such excellent information.