If you are able to stay until Tuesday and would like to avoid traffic on your way home, please sign up to help grid walk the Village after the 2017 Burn: http://goo.gl/forms/eq23trx2oM
Why should you care? As Burners… it’s EVERYONE’S job to adhere to the LNT guidelines. DPW, who executes the post-burn Clean Up and Playa Restoration, spends months plucking encrusted feather bits, false eyelashes and plastic MOOP out of the Playa. If we fail to meet the LNT standards, we risk not getting our event permit from the BLM for the following year.
- MOOP, noun – Matter Out Of Place; especially as it applies to Black Rock City and its Citizens. Can be anything: cigarette butts, bottle caps, glow-sticks, fireworks, but is often disguised as debris, i.e., broken bits of wood, plastic, metal, glass and plants.
Can also be a condition: burn scars, grey water, dunes, etc.
- moop, verb – to pick up Matter Out Of Place.
Notes: Open to suggestions, revisions, comments and assistance! Originally Created by: Champagne Girl/Yvonne in July 2012 – MilkMaid/Teri has been adding to it since then using info from Earth Guardians mostly.
Here are The Earth Guardian’s top ten LNT, Tread Lightly and Green reminders!
- Engage in our LNT Community, Make a MOOP Bag
- Prepare a Leave No Trace & Green Plan
- 7 Principles:
- Recycle – beverages in aluminum cans
- If it Doesn’t Come out of Your Body it Doesn’t Go Into the Potty – not even “flushable” items
- Conserve Energy & Use Renewable Energy Sources (Solar, Wind, Biodiesel)
- Never Let It Hit the Ground (Including Gray Water, Cigarette Butts & Wood Debris), Clean as You Go! & Secure Items from the Wind
- Initiate a Community MOOP Sweep! Grid Your Area Before You Leave
- Give of Yourself, Not Gifts That are Likely to Become MOOP
- Prepare For the Hungry Wind – Secure Your Camp & Your Load, Especially Your Trash
- Volunteer for Clean Up with DPW & Participate in Eco-restoration Projects Year Round
Quick Access Links
- Personal Guide to LNT
- Pod MOOP Plan – Earth Guardians Camp LNT Example (pdf)
- Bar MOOP Plan
- MOOP Maven Duties
- Community Duties
- Veteran Tips
- Burning Plan
- Helpful Links
Burners Personal Guide to LNT:
- Don’t let it hit the ground (or if it does, pick it up)!
- Pre-cycle: Get rid of extra packaging before arrival.
- moop your vehicle: Clean leaves, etc. from nooks and crannies of your vehicle before you leave the default world, lift the hood and trunk open the doors. Open the shades on your RV, check any rental vehicles, lift gates, etc. Leaf blowers & vacuum cleaners work well for this.
- Bring Less: bring only what you need.
- Manage your trash: recycling plus pack out what you pack in!
Avoid unintentional MOOP: don’t bring items that may inadvertently create MOOP (like worn tarps, astro-turf, unfinished edges on rugs & other and outdoor carpets that shed).
- Careful Costuming: Reuse and repurpose old clothes to the maximum possible extent. Some things that can be particularly problematic (and should be used with the greatest of care, if at all) include feathers, GLITTER, sequins, beads, bindis, body gems, glued-on stuff, fake eyelashes, etc. A stitch in time, saves 9 …… moopers from cleaning up after you!
- Don’t litter after the burn! Trash & Recycling stations locations listed in the Survival Guide. [link]
- Place cardboard/visqueen under your vehicle. Secure it from ripping in the wind.
- Reduce: replace disposable with permanent items (such as a reusable water bottle).
- Reuse: Can I use this again? For another purpose?
- Restore: Leave every place nicer than when you arrived.
- Smokers should have a portable ashtray (i.e. a leftover mint tin).
- Bring a Playa cup or 2!
- Have a MOOP bag on your person. (how to)
- Tie down or secure items that may fly away.
- Create a MOOP bucket (cut a hole in a covered bucket or jug) (DPW CleanUp Crew Post).
MOOP Public Enemy Number 1: WOOD CHIPS!
Also known as splinters, bark, sawdust, and wood debris. This is the biggest and fastest growing MOOP problem on the Black Rock Desert. To prevent wood chips from getting to the Playa in the first place, do as much pre-cutting off-Playa as possible. If you must cut wood on-Playa, do it in an enclosed area such as a shade structure with walls, and lay down a ground cover which you can then roll up and carefully transport off-Playa with the wood chips secured inside. Where possible, choose plywood over particle board when building, as particle board cracks and splinters more easily.
The Top 13 Impact Trace and MOOP Issues
In no particular order, here are the top MOOP items on playa …
- Rebar, Tent Stakes and Ground Anchors – There’s nothing that a pair of vice grips and some leverage can’t pull out. And anything hammered into the ground will just get squeezed out of the playa another day, after a series of freezes and thaws.
- Abandoned Art, Camps, & Stuff – Get your stuff off the Playa!
- Grey Water/Black Water Dumping – Dumping your grey/black water on the ground is nasty for the environment, and can get you a hefty fine from the BLM. (BM Environment re Grey Water)
- Dunes – Why do dunes matter? We share this land with others who use it, and it’s important that we keep it safe for vehicle passage by keeping the Playa flat (The Black Rock Desert is known to be one of the flattest stretches of land on Earth). Dunes are formed when windblown dust bounces off stationary objects and reforms on the ground, attracting more and more dust to the pile and exponentially creating a bigger dune. A mere pencil can create a dune. Once they start, there is nothing to stop them, except us. Caught at an early stage, dunes can be stopped by simply raking them down with a landscape rake. Be sure to moop the area afterward.
- Fireworks Debris – Fireworks are not allowed in Black Rock City; unfortunately, some folks do sneak them in, and more unfortunately, the people who light them off are rarely the same people that clean up after them.
- Carpet Fiber/Debris – Carpets, rugs, and old tattered tarps are often shredded to bits, leaving behind micro-sized MOOP over large areas.
- Cloth, Fiber and Rope Debris – Torn fragments of clothes, costumes, jewelry, and other fibrous materials.
- Metal Debris – Nails, screws, fasteners, metal slag, beer bottle tops, etc.–there is hardly anything on the Playa that isn’t fastened with metal. Whether you’re constructing something out of wood or welding, a magnet sweeper with a release handle (do a web search) will work wonders getting metal quickly and easily off the ground.
- Cigarette Butts – DO NOT DROP CIGARETTES ON THE BLACK ROCK DESERT. THE PLAYA IS NOT A GIANT ASHTRAY.
- Glass Debris – Broken beer bottles, broken windshields, etc.
- Plastic Debris – Plastic bottle tops, packaging, baggies, zip ties, duct tape, caution tape, etc. Plastic is all too often airborne MOOP due to wind conditions and carelessness. Manage your plastic materials, keep them secure and recycle. Hint: Cut off the top of a 1 gallon jug of water and you have an excellent MOOP bucket.
- Wood Debris – Wood chips, bark, palettes, splinters, sawdust, boxes, cardboard, paper, etc. Though often thought to be “organic,” wood is simply not found naturally the Playa, and it is here where we must draw the line — it’s MOOP. The impact of wood is consistently the highest of all the traces and must be eliminated. We simply ask you to manage your wood. Place a wind cover over and a tarp on the ground for your work zones, woodpiles, and burnable debris.
- Plants – Plants, palm trees, pine needles, palm fronds, leaves, etc. Trees, plants, and leaves die, break, and shred, creating a huge mess of micro-sized MOOP spread out over a wide area. Factor in the dust storms and you’ve got a disaster to deal with on your hands and knees.
POD MOOP Plans:
Select construction materials and decorations for your camp that are reusable year after year (it’s cheaper!). If you can’t reuse it, make sure it’s recyclable. Reduce your use of disposable plastic. Design your camp structures for reuse, easy deconstruction, storage and salvage. Use screws instead of nails. Use reclaimed wood and metal when possible.
- Have a MOOP Plan – Earth Guardians Camp LNT Example (pdf) Word Version you can edit up for your Pod (link)
- Moop Maven(s) for each Pod are listed on the Pod Page.
- POD check out clearance with MOOP Maven(s)
- Bring fine-toothed rake & a magnetic rake for camp.
- Date/Time POD is leaving: Give info to MOOP Maven.
- Leave during daylight hours.
- Gray water management.
- POD Leader responsible for MOOP Plan implementation/POD “Green Stamp”.
- If using a Burn Barrel, handle ash disposal.
- Community Village mooping (Assist Village to be MOOP Free). The org requests 2 hours of mooping from each Burner. Please encourage your Pod members to spend time in their Pod and in our Village before moving on to the rest of the City.
Line Sweep Tips:
- Think of the grid in terms of the Red, Yellow, Green just like the MOOP Map.
- Think of your first pass as more of an assessment pass. If an area seems RED and becomes too overwhelming, mark the area and focus on it on your second pass. Try to keep the Line Sweep moving until you’ve assessed the entire grid. Do a second and third pass of your grid until it’s Green.
- Your LNT Grid will be designed optimally for people standing six feet apart. It can be done with a few people; however, the more people you have, the more territory will be covered and therefore go faster. The most important thing is to not be further away than 6ft apart from each other. 6ft apart is the optimum number.
- Orange Traffic cones placed at the edges of your LNT Grid work best at defining a visual boundary for your line-sweep team.
Orange traffic cones also work well visually defining a Red Area AKA “Hotspot” to come back to focus on.
BAR MOOP Plan:
- Help the Bars!
- Each POD responsible for taking home 2 bags of trash/recycling.
- Each POD that hosts a Happy Hour – needs to treat it as a LNT event – take away the trash/recyclables from your event and moop the areas where your visitors gathered.
- Each POD should plan some time for mooping the bar area
- Cans: crush & take to Recycling Camp (Art Car Assistance needed?).
- Burnable trash: Plan for burning.
- Other recyclables: separate into heavy garbage bags
- Regular garbage: put into heavy garbage bags.
- Liquids Management
- Cover Playa in Bar Tending area.
- Leftover liquids (gray water tank?)
MOOP Maven Duties:
Silicon Village MOOP Maven Facebook Group
- Create Village Master MOOP Plan.
- Daily inspection of all PODs to ensure compliance.
- Assist POD’s with needs and questions.
- Provide final clearance for POD departures.
- Presentation of MOOP Plan at August Camp Meeting.
- Create “After Burn” MOOP Report.
- Dedicate 2 hours mooping BRC on Sunday/Monday – start at your camp, then your Pod, then our Village, then out to the city.
- Maven to check with Earth Guardians for specific locations at Burn
- Use soapy water and regular water spray bottles for cleaning. Vinegar good, too!
- Use a vented bag to dry out wet items that are burnable.
- Clean as you go and before you go (clean your car, etc of leaves and other MOOP).
- Bring aluminum cans instead of glass (crush-able and can be given to the Recycling Camp)
- Playa burn scar prevention (burn platform)
- Ash disposal
- Earth Guardians [ website ]
- Silicon Village MOOP Mavens [facebook]