Not going to the bathroom in a non-designated place seems like an obvious rule to adhere to, but that common sense can sometimes go out the window at a festival. If effort to curb this unfortunately problem, Burning Man is asking Burners to pick up their waste rather than leaving it for workers to pick up, or possibly being missed and left behind.
The Bureau of Land Management recently expressed concern about the amount of people not using the 1700 porta-potties offered, but going to the bathroom outside. Employees and volunteers are already on the look out for waste and are picking it up, but it is now starting to jeopardize their standards of “leave no trace.”
“Leave no trace” is part of the 10 principles of burning man that were written in 2004 by co-founder Larry Harvey. “Our community respects the environment. We are committed to leaving no physical trace of our activities wherever we gather. We clean up after ourselves and endeavor, whenever possible, to leave such places in a better state than when we found them.”
Hopefully this will help Burning Man stay true to their principles and keep people using the porta-potties that are available.
What do you think of this plan? Do you think other festivals have this problem and could use this idea? Let us know in the comments below.