Cleanup Plan For Turtle Island Camp
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Before we leave for the desert, we plan three things:
1) We plan to use materials for our campsite that lessen waste,
and are recyclable or reusable.
2) We will avoid bringing small trinkets, flimsy paper, small
feathers (boas) and glass bottles since they typically get left
on the playa for others to clean up.
3) We plan to set up camp in a way that is easy to keep clean.
4) We plan the breakdown/cleanup of our camp in detail, accounting
for every board, stake and scrap., by packing in all the necessary
tools for clean-up.
We hereby designate Robert Adam as the camp LNT expert, this
person will ensure that our camp stays clean before, during and
after the event. he will also be given the task of making our
camp fun and spontaneous, yet clean. he will get help with the
cleanup from fellow BRC residents if and when it is needed. he
will also take part in planning our purchases and encourage us
to reuse / recycle / reduce. he will be there when it's time to
take down and sweep our camp for every last trace and will make
sure everything left goes with us.
To minimize our impact on the Playa, we will follow these rules:
- We pledge to Leave No Trace in and around our campsite, including
our own and othersí waste. We will plan to put time aside
for the cleanup, and plan the assembly and takedown of our structures
and decorations to simplify their removal. We will keep our recyclabes
, burnables, and non-burnables separated for easier disposal,
recycle our aluminum, and bring no glass to the Playa.
- We will clean as we go, realizing that any trash or MOOP(matter
out of place) can blow away or be buried at any moment. We have
assigned volunteers to check around camp daily for loose MOOP.
We will take care of any trash left by our guests , invited or
- We won't light fires on bare ground, leaving scars. If we
must burn, we'll use a public burn barrel or burn platform and
follow the safety guidelines for fires and burn scar prevention.
We'll sweep up and haul out the ashes.
- We won't dig holes more than 6 inches in diameter or trenches,
scarring the Playa.
- We will keep all items tied or weighted down, and leave papers
- We will leave extra space in every vehicle on the way to
the desert, knowing that repacking will inevitably take up more
space. We will take all trash in sealed containers to a landfill
on the way home. After cleaning our camp, everyone in our camp
will devote at least two hours to the general city cleanup (e.g.
trash fence, local port-o-potties, café, etc).
- We will pack out everything and we won't put any trash into
the port-o-potties or leave any trash near the potties. They
are not a public trash dump, let's keep our toilets functional
and our city beautiful!
- We are taking the packaging off just about everything before
we leave home. (Batteries out of their plastic, dried food out
of its box, etc.) We'll lay in a supply of reusable containers
to transport this stuff to the playa. We shouldn't bring too
much food, because we probably won't feel like cooking. This
will reduce the amount of waste in our camp. It should affect
the way we shop, too.
- Don't let it hit the ground. Keep all items that are loose
tied down and secure. Keep bottles and cans in camp. Don't leave
stuff lying around with the intention of cleaning up later.
- If it doesn't come out of our bodies, it won't go in the
potties. Trash dumped into the potties clogs the lines (only
3 inches in diameter) and makes it much more difficult to empty
and clean the potties. If folks dump their trash in the potties,
we will be stuck with no where to go to the bathroom!
We will bring the following items for our Camp's Clean-up
- Flat-blade shovel
- Big yellow whiskbroom
- 5-gallon bucket and mesh bag for wet kitchen scraps.
- Separate containers for recyclables, burnables, and nonburnables.
- Rope and string for tying loose stuff down.
- Small spare bags for collecting trash as we wander.
- Lots on industrial strength trash bags, more than we think
- Cheap work gloves for everybody.
- Long-handled sledgehammer for compacting in 5-gallon buckets
and driving stakes.
- Altoids boxes for smokersí butts.
- Vise grips for removing stakes and rebar. Magnets for picking
up small pieces of metal
- Directions and hours of landfills.