Clean-Up Plan

Passion Temple strives to continue its policy to leaving no trace.
We have an LNT (leave no trace) coordinator that will make sure that everyone camping with us is informed of this policy and follows it. Any questions about our cleanup policy can be addressed to them.

Before Arriving:
Every member is requested to read BMan's LNT policies. We realize that a large part of being a clean camp is to be prepared before arriving. Along these lines, every member will be expected to bring:

  • Extra (industrial strength) garbage bags
  • Cheap work gloves
  • A small bag or container to put trash in wherever we wander
  • Less food than we would normally think we'd need
  • Smokers will bring film canisters, altoid boxes, or similar items to use as ash trays.

Members will also be informed NOT to bring:

  • anything like unsecured paper, nut shells, small feathers (e.g. boas), or other items that can easily get dropped or blow away.
  • any unnecessary packaging, e.g. take the plastic off of batteries at home, take dried food out of its box, and so on. When shopping, food and drink containers that can be recycled and easily compacted are preferred.
  • any unnecessary glass (that can break) or items that when thrown away that can poke holes in the garbage bags.

When packing vehicles each member should leave extra room for bringing extra trash and also leave room since repacking usually takes up a lot more space than when it was originally packed.

During Burning Man (Camping Area):
The general camp philosophy is not to let trash hit the ground and to clean as we go. This way the camp will already be fairly clean well before final cleanup. Any MOOP (matter out of place) should be picked up immediately, regardless of whether we were the ones that put it there.


2003: Photo by Dana Piper

In general, our camp plans to have a fairly low environmental impact:

  • There are not any plans to burn anything. But if we do, we will use a public burn barrel to avoid leaving burn scars on the playa.
  • There are also no plans to dig any large holes (larger than rebar) or any trenches.
  • There will be an evaporation pond for our shower area.

Garbage will be divided into recyclables, dry, and wet trash. The camp will also have a shovel and large broom to help cleanup food accidents.

During Burning Man (Public/Interactive Area):
Since our Temple will be open to the public for most of the day, we will be especially vigilant in keeping this area free of MOOP. In addition to cleaning as we go, we will make it a daily ritual to cleanup the dome area just before and after each of our scheduled events. There will always be plenty of (secured) garbage bags in the public area for any trash that we find or that people coming by need to throw away.

Our furniture and anything else that may possibly blow away will be secured by rope and rebar and since we're a rope camp we will always have plenty of extra rope on hand for that.

Before Departure:
We plan to pack out everything that we bring in. Our domes are created from PVC and rebar, and simple to disassemble and take home.

Whether leaving early or staying until final camp cleanup (Monday morning), each member should devote at least one hour for cleaning up our camp and neighboring roads, and another hour to more "public" areas such as center camp, the fences, and the open playa surrounding the man. (Each vehicle should be prepared to take at least one extra bag of trash away with them.)

About half of the camp will probably stay until the final cleanup where we will walk shoulder to shoulder back and forth across the site to make sure every square inch of the camp is 100% clean.

Most of the garbage will be taken back home, but any that we do drop off will be taken to one of the properly designated locations.
Extra food or drinking water will most likely be donated to DPW on the way out of BRC.