Leave No Trace

Leave No Trace

Before, during and after the Burn, leaving no trace is our primary responsibility and it is a commitment that Entheos takes very seriously. At the 2016 burn we improved on our efforts over 2015 but still did not receive the ALL GREEN Moop rating that we strive to achieve together. The actual work of mooping the camp fell on the shoulders of too few people at the end. We will do better together.

In 2017 we instituted a Leave No Trace deposit in addition to the camp dues that we all contribute collectively. We understand that some people have to leave playa early to return to responsibilities in the default world but this does not divest you of your responsibility to contribute to the Leave No Trace efforts of the camp. Those who leave before the work is done are agreeing to contribute their LNT deposit to the mission of the camp. We did much better in 2017, and received an ALL GREEN moop rating on a camp site larger than a football field. Still, the work fell on the shoulders of too few people at the end.

For 2018, we have adjusted our approach again to improve our Leave No Trace Efforts. These adjustments include gradually higher LNT deposits, clearer criteria for LNT deposit refunds, and a reviewed rating system for campers that is similar to how Burning Man rates individual camps on their LNT efforts. We will begin to strike camp on Sunday, following breakfast, on the morning of the Temple Burn, and work will together until about 4pm when we will break to enjoy an earlier meal and then the Temple Burn. On Monday, after the Temple Burn, all campers are expected to continue helping with camp strike following breakfast through 6pm. A smaller Camp Strike/Moop Team will be prepared to stay even longer, up until Wednesday night following Burn, to complete the work.

The LNT (Leave No Trace) deposit is refundable based upon three simple criteria:

  1. Fulfilling your three volunteer shifts in camp during the official Burning Man event.
  2. Personally packing out of Burning Man what you personally pack into Burning Man.
  3. Actively helping with camp strike until 6pm on Monday, September 3, 2018 (unless you are on the Camp Strike/MOOP team, which stays longer).

(Entheos is a big camp, and it takes the collaborative effort of ALL of its camp members to run well. If you don’t do your part, other campers have to carry your weight. This takes additional time away from their enjoyment of Burning Man to do what you promised to do, and that is not fun for anyone. We do not do partial refunds of LNT deposits.)

Question: What if our work/travel needs require us to leave Burning Man before the camp is working on strike and moop?

Answer: This is a great question, and it is always best to be transparent about this up front. Strike/Moop is part of the collective effort on being a member of a placed theme camp, but we understand that work schedules (and other factors) require some people to leave early. In this instance, we expect those campers to understand that the LNT deposit will become part of their total camp dues because others will be shouldering their share of the collective effort. The forfieted LNT deposit will go towards the additional cost of people staying days later than Monday to make sure we leave absolutely no trace at our camp. Those additional days mean more food to feed those staying, more fuel for power, etc., etc. So, consider it an energy exchange for the part you are not able to stay and do. If campers who must leave early are, in all other respects, awesome members (do their volunteer shifts, pack out what they pack in, are enthusiastic participants, etc.) they are invited to continue camping with Entheos in the future; if they treat the contributed LNT deposit as a rationale to blow off the other aspects of actively participating in camp then they are not invited back.

Camp Member Participation/LNT Rating

Just like Burning Man rates camps with a Green/Yellow/Red moop score, Entheos will do the same with campers based on input from camp department leads.

GREEN: You are an awesome participant who enthusiastically participated in camp by fulfilling your volunteer shifts, stayed through Monday evening for stike/moop participation, and contributed an awesome attitude. Campers with a Green rating are eligible to receive Directed Group Sale Burning Man tickets from Entheos the following year (which means you can have a guaranteed ticket to Burning Man).

YELLOW: You were pretty cool, but there is some room for improvement around participation with volunteer shifts, strike/moop efforts and/or being an awesome, neighborly camper. You will be invited to camp with us again, we all have room for improvement.

RED: Maybe it just wasn't your year, but your fellow campmates viewed you to be a substanial burden on the camp rather than a committed contributor. Absent a really compelling reason to give it another chance, you will not be invited to camp with Entheos again.

Last year, approximately 75% of camp fell into the green category, 23% in the yellow category, and 2% in the red category. Let's work together to make this year 100% green!

How to Leave No Trace

Start your LNT efforts before you leave for Black Rock City:

  • Prepare a Leave No Trace plan AND a cleanup plan for your camp; LNT as you go and have less to clean up and restore before you leave.
  • Remove all excess packaging from everything (food, supplies, tools) before you pack it.
  • Don’t bring glass containers of any kind — they can shatter. Metal bottles and plates work well.
  • Don’t bring disposable plastic bottles, bring 5-gallon collapsible or other large water containers and refillable water bottles — less to bring home!
  • Smokers: use a portable ashtray (a mint tin works well) to collect cigarette butts and ashes (yes, ash is MOOP!). NEVER drop butts on the playa or in public areas like the Café or porta-potties.
  • Bring tarps to put under MOOP-heavy areas like your kitchen, construction areas and workspaces. Avoid MOOPy carpets and Astroturf. Old billboard vinyl works great.
  • Bring rope or tie-downs to secure everything in your camp, and to securely strap down your load on top of your vehicle.
  • Bring cardboard, a tarp, or pan to place under your vehicle to collect oil drippings. Also bring extra containers or raised tarps for any fuel handling or containment areas.
  • Pack work gloves to help you pick up the sharp bits, and a magnet rake to pick up metal.
  • BYOC: bring an easy-to-carry cup to use at the Café and out in BRC. Note: If you bring your own bottled or canned beverages to the Café, take drink containers back to your camp or to Recycle Camp where you can recycle your aluminum cans.
  • Don’t bring loose glitter, feather boas, Astroturf, styrofoam coolers, plastic bags, paper, string, disposable drink cups, hay bales, straw, gravel — or anything else that can blow away in the wind or turn into a MOOPy mess.
  • Don’t bring public swimming pools or showers. Water can create a huge mess and poses public health issues.
  • Make an evaporation device (see www.evapotrons.info for some great ideas) to properly dispose of your gray water. Bring a bucket or pan to collect any drips from RV gray and black water tanks. Do not dump gray water onto the playa. See the Burning Man website for collection, treatment, and disposal alternatives, and see Pack it out! for places to take your gray water after the event.

Preventing MOOP

  • Never let it hit the ground! MOOP attracts more MOOP. If you see trash on the ground in BRC, pick it up and take it — the dust quickly makes it hard to spot.
  • Put a weight on or tie down anything that can blow away.
  • If it wasn’t in your body, don’t put it in the potty! No tampons, trash, cigarette butts, etc. One ply toilet paper ONLY.
  • If you have an RV, bring a five-gallon bucket to catch any gray or black water leaks from your plumbing.
  • Waste water dumping is illegal! You may receive a citation for dumping gray water or black water.
  • Sort trash and recycling for easy drop off at collection centers on your way home. See Pack it out!
  • Make a MOOP collection bucket. Cut a 3″ hole in the top of a plastic water jug, leaving the handle intact. Sweep dust containing glass, wood chips, bark or anything too small to pick up, into a dustpan and deposit in bucket for disposal at home.
  • Always carry a small bag to collect any MOOP you find.
  • If you plan to use a burn barrel, bring a shovel and metal containers to scoop up and remove ashes. All burn barrels must be elevated 10″ off the playa surface to prevent burn scars.
  • WOOD IS MOOP! Wood is the #1 MOOP issue in Black Rock City. That’s right! Wood from sawdust, splinters, wood debris and firewood bark poses a major MOOP problem. Help keep the playa beautiful by laying down a tarp or rug under your wood cutting stations and firewood storage areas. If you see wood on the ground, pick it up!

Before You Leave

  • Line-sweep your camp. Walk shoulder-to-shoulder with your campmates and clean your campsite in a grid pattern. Pick up EVERYTHING. Use a magnet bar or rake to go over your entire camp and conduct a final sweep.
  • Community Clean-Up. As a citizen of BRC, you are asked to join your neighbors on Sunday and Monday after the Burn for two hours of MOOPing in addition to your own camp clean-up — pick a well-traveled area. The Earth Guardians in Center Camp can direct you to a specific clean-up project.
  • Secure and cover your load! Pack carefully and make sure your trash and other items do not litter our highways.

On Your Way Home

  • Leave No Trace does not end when you hit the pavement. Do not dump your trash in neighboring communities (yes, this has actually happened). See Pack it out! for waste and recycling locations.
  • Stop periodically and check to make sure your vehicle’s load is secure

The Environment

Burning Man believes strongly in protecting the environment and making the event more sustainable — but we need YOU to help make that happen. The Leaving No Trace section of the Burning Man website is a treasure trove of helpful tips for creating a plan for your time on playa with tips on how to practice the 6 ‘R’s: Rethink, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Respect & Restore! Visit Greening Your Burn and the Earth Guardians website to learn more.


2017 MOOP Map: Entheos 100% Green!

2017 final MOOP map and Entheos is 100% Green!