TRASH AND RECYCLING
Burning Man is the largest Leave No Trace Event in the world
There are no trash cans at Burning Man. All participants are required to remove their own trash and garbage from the playa. Except for tire tracks and footprints, our policy is to leave the desert as the profoundly barren and empty corner of the world that it is. All Black Rock City citizens are expected to participate in our clean-up effort. Moreover, Leave No Trace should extend beyond the playa, all the way to your home.
We've compiled extremely helpful information about managing your various forms of trash on playa:
- Great tips on preparing to reduce, reuse and recycle
- Reduce your trash
- Create lighter, better smelling trash
- Recycling on playa at Recycle Camp
- Trash does NOT go in the porta-potties
- Managing hazardous human waste on playa
- Grey water disposal
- Where to take your trash and recycling after the event
Finally, do NOT discard refuse along the highway or in neighboring towns. Not only is litter irresponsible and costly in terms of energy, time, and money for others, it is also illegal and reflects very badly on Burning Man. If you have to portage garbage on top of your vehicle, make sure it is double-bagged and strapped down securely. Only dump your trash and recycling in authorized dumping locations!
Remember: LEAVE NO TRACE!