Black Rock City Disappears — Leaving No Trace at Burning Man 2023

Black Rock City, including the remnants one might expect to see after a torrential storm in a temporary city of 74,000, is disappearing, as it does every year, from Nevada’s Black Rock Desert. 

Burning Man participants staunchly embrace a Leave No Trace principle, removing matter out of place together, and this year that shared commitment is on full display. A prime example is the camps who have returned to retrieve the remainder of their belongings and lend a hand.

“We went home to Inverness, California, on Sunday and came back yesterday with a trailer, rake, and metal detector,” said Jim Pettigrew of the Black Rock Yacht Club, a camp that teaches people how to landsail. “Leaving no trace is a big deal, especially this year with damp carpets and damaged tents. We needed the additional time to regroup, and we wanted to be able to help others with the right gear and an extra set of hands. We’re happy to help — this was our favorite burn.”

Zero stuck or abandoned vehicles remain on site or on the exit road, as people have returned with friends and tow trucks to retrieve them. 

Black Rock City is unique for its lack of trash cans, with campers instead implementing their own systems for minimizing and removing waste. The organization’s volunteers interacted with camps over the course of two weeks, answering questions and showing participants how to resolve problems themselves related to fuel storage, leaks, spills, and trash management. In this collaborative way, each camp, and the community as a whole, can leave the space as clean as we found it. Burning Man Operations will remain onsite until early October. 

“Burning Man is adhering to the terms of their Special Recreation Permit, even under these unusual conditions,” said BLM Nevada Director of Communications, Chris Bush. “They always do an outstanding job. We haven’t seen anything out of the ordinary and will continue monitoring the event site until the inspection occurs in three weeks.”

Hesteah Mann picking up MOOP in the mud at the Black Rock Tea Company, 2023 (Photo by Dave Atkin)

Not only does Burning Man remediate environmental issues in Black Rock City, we also clear local highways of litter and anything that has fallen from departing vehicles. Each year — and 2023 is no exception — the Highway Cleanup Crew records conditions along state routes 446 and 447, as well as county road 34, pre-event. When the event is over, they remove debris and meticulously record locations where debris was found. We leave these roads in better condition than we found them by also removing trash unrelated to the event.

“The Burning Man organization is a strong partner in ensuring the safety and cleanliness of State Routes 447 and 446 during and after the event,” reports Nevada Department of Transportation Interim District Engineer Bhupinder Sandhu. “At NDOT, our mission is the safety and mobility of everyone on Nevada highways. We appreciate the collaboration with event leadership to establish protocols to clear the road of debris and wrecked or abandoned vehicles in a safe and expeditious manner.”

Campmates commencing to MOOP in the sunshine of BRC, 2023 (Photo by Terry Pratt)

In 2007, Burning Man created the Leave Nevada Beautiful campaign to encourage all participants to take their trash, recycling, and RV waste to proper disposal facilities. Participation in that campaign includes the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe, who set up permitted trash collection points at approved locations on reservation land along Hwy 447, charging a fee and supporting the local economy. Recent photos published by various organizations do not accurately portray the conditions of the site nor the cleanup process.

2023 was an exceptional year for precipitation that created unique conditions and challenges for campers and travelers, as well as for the dusty alkaline surface of the playa. The Burning Man community respects the opportunity to use public lands and has come together in extraordinary ways. 

Our deepest appreciation goes out to the extended Burning Man community and the many officials and agencies who stood by our side during the recent storms. The many years of cooperation — and your faith in us — are part of what made this year successful.

Cover image of The Man after the rain, 2023 (Photo by Scott London) 

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58 Comments on “Black Rock City Disappears — Leaving No Trace at Burning Man 2023

  • Richard A Peterson says:

    Yep your trash is all scattered in Fernley, Fallon and Reno. Totally disgusting

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  • Sergio P says:

    What happened to leave no trace? They trashed the Playa this year. It’s become such a pop thing … Burning Man is dead.

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  • Juan says:

    Do you auction or donate any of the abandoned equipment?

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  • Michael says:

    Articles quoting Sherif department’s statements regarding remaining vehicles on Playa contradict this article. Who do we believe?

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  • Real friend of the Black rock says:

    It’s worse than just a trace left. How much garbage and fecees is permanently stomped into the lake bed ( playa). The little fences set up to catch garbage are wilfully inadequate. More garbage has blown into the desert than anyone really knows. Humans leave quite a trace despite utopian wishful thinking or claiming anything to the contrary.

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  • Old raver says:

    Novel idea leaving no trace. It’s just practically impossible. Carbon emissions from 70k people. Sure you can’t see it but it’s there.

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  • Gen Antognazzi says:

    Maybe take a tour of Reno and surrounding communities see the “leave no trace”. Its appalling and disgusting. Made more so by bragging like this.

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    • Tecumseh says:

      Leave no trace means at the site. And it has never included carbon emissions.

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      • Dave says:

        Maybe it should! Thousands of small generators to power micro ACs and charge phones is utterly inefficient and outdated. I powered a swamp cooler and charged devices all week with solar alone at less than the cost of a small generator. Let’s make some micro grids!

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  • Denny Pittser says:

    There’s still Playa dirt in the gas stations in Fernley Nv at Walmart in my trk on the flr mats from having to walk thru it on my tires on my trk ypu left a mess this story is a lie!

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  • Lies your Playa clay is all over Fernley Nv

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  • Gene Dobrzynski says:

    This all sounds great but travel into Fernley, first community outside of Burn Man and look at the piles of trash they leave there. It then becomes the community responsibility to clean up after them.

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    • G says:

      Every year since 2003 going back to my home in Colorado along I-80, Highway 191, and even I-70 in Colorado, it is not at all unusual to see some crushed playa at gas stations, quickie marts and fast food outfits along the way.
      Oh the humanity! A tragic disgrace! The end of the world as we know it!

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  • Steven Ely says:

    Great to read this follow up info. The news stations had a field day portraying Burning Man participants as normal self serving, everyday sloths who leave a mess in their wake, thus, being hypocrites!!’ But No, the enjoy yourself and then leave no trace life style rings true
    in-spite of those who want it to fail so they can salaciously dramatize it’s failure and sell it to the masses. Keep publishing these follow up facts and make the news stations cover it. It’s all one big story with ups and downs and a redeeming conclusion. It’s a story of life’s celebration and our blessings. Good work !!

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  • Andrew Marsh says:

    While it is great to have trash collection ponts along 447 leaving the site, $10 a bag is extortion and resulted in us and others we knew taking ours elsewhere to a free tip nearer home.
    Could something be done to make the charges more reasonable as this would then result in more people using this service which would then benefit the community more?
    It really felt like a money making opportunity rather than simply supporting the community and assisting in keeping things clean.
    At our own regional burn in western Australia, it is a simple gold coin donation on the way out at the trash dump and it gets use from most participants because of this.

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    • The Hustler says:

      $10 a bag is reasonable considering the valuable service they’re providing, which is also a means of income.

      Maybe it would be best to generate less trash in the first place. That would save you money and hassle.

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    • S says:

      Trash disposal at our local waste facility in VT is $4-6/bag, depending on size of bag, so $10 is not absolutely exorbitant here. Also, people (self included) spend a lot of money to attend Burning Man; we should include in our budget (even if it’s tight) a way to responsibly dispose of our trash and LNT.

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    • Julie says:

      Paying the community to deal with your trash IS supporting them. Where I live, it’s $15 for each additional bag of garbage in excess of our full can. Sure, it would be cheaper for me to haul it to the dump and pay by weight, but who want to deal with that while decompressing?

      So $10 a bag is cheaper than I’d pay to put in front of my house on Wednesday night, get it out of the car, and someone else then deals with it. They should ABSOLUTELY make money for their labor. 100%. Not even a question. If you’ve paid $575 for a ticket, bitching about $10 to get rid of garbage is nonsense. How much trash could you possibly have? $20 worth? $30? $50 if you’re hauling a portion of your camp’s stuff?

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    • Tara says:

      Ha !
      Really, you consider $10. too much for such a convenance?
      Well then, my moto is “pack it in – pack it out”, all the way back to your home, wherever that may be. I always have regardless if leaving the Playa, backpacking in the back country, car camping, etc. Personal responsibility. Perhaps in the future offer a 20 and say “thank you kindly”……….

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  • G says:

    I am curious if there might be some grading and smoothing done to all that major chunkiness out there?

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  • LARRY DIAZ says:

    I have never attended a Burning Man event but its good to read that the promoters and participants are cleaning up and trash or waste that was left behind. I am all for these events as they provide an escape to the stress of everyday life. However , in the media they are having a field day and informing the public on how attendees trashed the desert and left it for others to clean up. I admit I believed them as well until I came across hour website. I think its important for your organizers to correct the false information and show the world that you take ” leaving no trace” behind seriously. Saying nothing will only allow for more disinformation and harder to produce future events.

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  • John Q. Public says:


    They may be able to “tidy” up where they camped and had their event in the desert. Unfortunately, leaving no trace of 70,000 plus people in a so called “dry” lake bed in the middle of the desert is pretty close to, if not impossible. I figure there are a lot of decent and environmentally conscious people who do their absolute best and attended this. However, it’s simply impossible for everyone to be on the same page. I am quite certain there were plenty of self entitled and closed minded individuals who simply don’t care who attended. Their entitlement makes them feel they’re above cleaning up because they paid the high priced ticket and camping fees, so someone else should and inevitably will clean up after them. To those doing everything in their power to clean it up, I commend your hard work and efforts and I truly thank you.
    In response to the mud the people of Fernly are dealing with, I completely understand their frustration. To have nothing to do with an event which brings people from all over and have it affect your home is unfair. However, that complaint is difficult to justify because the rainy weather, which led to the mud, wasn’t brought on by Burning Man or those in attendance. I don’t recall reading any mud issues in previous years. If there were, I may have missed them. To those residents of Fernly, bring all of this up at your next City Council meeting. Be a voice for your community. Unfortunately, don’t be surprised if you’re not heard due to all of the small and big businesses in the area that rely on the presence of over 70,000 people every year. In those 70,000 are people who spend a lot of money and your town/city/county, along with local businesses count on it in their yearly income projections. I sincerely wish you good luck. Just because you’re told no doesn’t mean the fight is over. There’s always a compromise for all.
    Lastly, the garbage blowing around out in the desert is unacceptable. I’m struggling with the concept of Burning Man not providing waste receptacles to their attendees. What does it prove not providing places to put trash or even worse, human excrement? Having the Indigenous communities around the area offer disposal of attendees’ trash is an interesting way to provide some revenue for their communities. I don’t believe it’s about revenue for them. I feel they’re willing to do it so they can help stem some of the garbage flow that will inevitably end up on their land. To those complaining about the $10.00 per bag fee, check and see what a trash collector in your local community earns. Those picking up garbage manually can earn a decent wage. Most communities have the big, green can on wheels. The drivers rarely have to get out of their seats. They earn much more due to having a CDL with endorsements. (Air brakes etc..) I would encourage the individuals going to Burning Man who truly believe in ‘leaving the place as you found it” to request trash and recycling receptacles so there’s a much smaller chance of trash blowing away. After all, it is the open desert!
    It’s a wonderful dream to believe this festival leaves no “Footprint”, or if it does, it’s a small one. Here are some real questions. Where do these people think their waste is going? Where does the power come from for everything? I’m guessing it’s not a solar operation. What’s the impact of all the tractor trailers, cars, and generators? Any studies conducted on the impact this has on the wildlife in a certain radius? I certainly hope people have enough common sense to know this is FANTASY and it’s being packaged up nicely for your enjoyment.

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    • BK Love says:

      This is pretty well put together. The answer to a bunch of your closing questions and some of your suggestions are out there. Burning man’s attendance is of Burners. We are a people and have a belief system that we uphold and follow. Being that you’re interested in our culture I’d recommend reading into it on the website for starters and more so join us out there at black rock city. BRC always needs more inquisitive, positive, solution based people to help continue it’s existence and shape it’s identity.
      BK Love

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      • Nobody says:

        “We are a people and have a belief system that we uphold and follow.”

        Who is “we”? How many of you leave trash for others to pick up each year? How many of you steal from others?
        You cannot say that everyone there is a Burner nor can you say that “we” have a belief system that “we” uphold and follow.

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    • Doc Athena says:

      It’s a festival, and as such, BM doesn’t claim to be a carbon neutral, far leftwing green-fest! From years I’ve attended, I think they (BM) do a fantastic job of restoring the playa. There will always be miserable critics who have to whine and interpret things out of context and not as originally proposed and presented.

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  • River Song says:

    This is really sad. The fact that the BORG isn’t being truthful about the mess out there, it’s a shame. As a member of the community I expect the BORG and the community itself to abide by the principles and also to be honest about the state of the playa after the festival. Why is it tho that your report is dishonest and glossing over the fact that there are indeed still vehicles stuck on the playa according to other news sources and first hand accounts. Not to mention that there’s still abandoned camps and other items still out there. Yes, it takes time to do playa restoration.Yes, camp members for some of those camps said they’re coming back and I’m sure they are… but… Why lie? Why lie about the rest. Why isn’t the BORG being transparent about this? Why is it that there was an article published the day after this one completely contradicting what’s being said here? I have personally lost faith in the BORG and am apprehensive at best about anything they have to say about anything anymore! In other words, I find your lack of honesty disturbing! This is just one more reason among many others that just makes me want to distance myself from the official burn and the BORG. Most of the community is great but it’s stuff like this that gives the community as a whole a tarnished image. And that’s just sad! Thanks liar liar plants for hire!

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    • BK Love says:

      Why do you think they aren’t being truthful. Our camp left a few days ago after combing the playa for the absolute smallest of moop. We also cleaned way beyond the confines of our camp. We broke up hardens playa when needed to remove even a single hair. Considering how difficult the situation was on a large scale I think it’s truly impressive how clean the place looked when we left and I’m sure others are still cleaning the place and will be for months. It’s in all of our best interests as burners to wish them the most and encourage success. This is our chosen cultures Mecca and we’re in this together.

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  • dogsweater says:

    This from an earnest burner and gate volunteer who believes deeply in the Resto effort:

    This article is trying so hard to make everything sounds normal and rosy that it feels like disingenuous PR spin. It also contradicts firsthand reports from folks still there saying that the open camping area (among others) is an utter mess with entire camps left behind.

    Give it to us straight! Surely this year’s conditions are bringing new and extra challenges? What are they, how are we addressing them? Is resto staffed enough? Will the org share the news once the BLM inspection is complete?

    Mad respect and admiration for everyone doing the work.

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  • Some Seeing Eye says:

    2022 and 2023 were trying years for BRC. Both had extreme weather. 2022 had COVID and 2023 had a panic early exodus.

    Perhaps that early exodus, rather than sheltering in place, was influenced by the availability of sensational media reports inside BRC. Experienced burners knew how to ride out the weather and planned their vacation for exodus schedule uncertainty.

    The BRC leadership team worked well testing and adapting the operations plan, and communicating to the participants and departments. Department emails to the volunteers, and the daily or twice daily BMORG weather forecasts were well executed.

    We have faith the camps, artists, resto and all the post-exodus team will leave no trace as we have every year.

    Of course even experienced burners learned a few more preparation items, like rainwear, rain boots and a putty knife to clean soles, to now bring each year.

    The beauty of it all was burners making sure everyone in their neighborhood stayed warm, had food, and had water, while we all met new friends!

    We all learned a lot about how to adapt and improve the city in future years!

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    • skepticjoe says:

      one of the main tests for me was the portopotties, and i knew that if the portas are clean( or atleast not overflowing) we should be Ok.

      the 2 main stress points at an event like this is always the portas and the exodus, and i feel the org pulled through, even though i was skeptical it wont( i mean it would be understandable but not excusable if the poop was all leaking)

      this was one hell of an experience, but do think there needs to be some change in the way moop/trash collection and disposal is done moving forward. relying on the generosity of the some folks to stay back and clean the place is unfair and puts too much stress on everyone. some modifications to the principals should be discussed ( or atleast debated)

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  • Dr. Otter says:

    I am concerned about the negative comments made here about garbage left in Fernley, Fallon and Reno. If this is true, and I have no reason to doubt the posters, (even if I don’t like their ugly negative tone), then what is a possible solution?
    I am personally aware – and participate in – the importance of LNT. We help haul the garbage, recycling, and compost out of our camp and all the way home, and we patrol for moop the best we can. I definitely have “pride of participation” and love being part of the “biggest LNT event in the world” – AND – there should always be room for improvement and innovation in how a principle is implemented. Just posing the question.

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  • Justin says:

    The pride of BORG refusing to supply trash receptacles at this point is insanity. They brag and boast yet are a part of the problem. I have a feeling it boils down to money and greed. Paying for trash may make them need to dig a little deeper in their pockets. But yeah that temple they have created for themselves in San Francisco is a need. How does having real estate in one of the most expensive areas of the United States help the cause? They’ll pay for that but not something that affects burning man and surrounding communities. What about fly ranch? How does that benefit anyone? The org now reminds me a corrupt mega church taking in the dough while smiling and saying they are here for for a good cause and those assets are for the group blah blah blah.

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    • Crissa says:

      Why would they need to offer trash receptacles? We brought everything ourselves, we can take it out ourselves.

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    • G says:

      Radical self-reliance, pack it in and pack it out. That’s been the ethos since the beginning of the event out on the playa. I’m just trying to imagine the logistics of providing dumpster service for 70 to 80,000 people.
      I pack my trash out and take home more than I generate, that’s because I’m picking up stuff as the event goes on. It’s not rocket science. Somehow the Org just needs to drive the point home more forcefully.

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  • Black Rock Smitty says:

    Knowing that there’s a plethora of people, organizations, & podcasts, blogs, & other entities that would love to see Burning man fall for personal, malicious, hateful reasons.
    Do you verify what these people or outlets say.?? Have you checked other sites for your info and when you do, do you pay attention. One site has a picture of a jeep trapped in the mud ripping up playa ground. It was found to be the image wasn’t even from the playa. I’d be more inclined to believe the Org than these outlets. Knowing that the org and many many volunteers go out and do their best to make everything right, many spending personal time to go out and do the work. While people that don’t attend or have never attended who claim to be so environmental conscious do nothing and have probably never done anything other than complain keep complaining.

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  • skepticjoe says:

    i think one of the main open questions i have after the event, is the BMorg will have to step up/provide some options for people to dump trash/moop in a safe space( maybe an additional flat fee added to all tickets sold). Personally i saw a LOOOT of virgins this year, and the older folks didnt show up, or are planning NOT to show up. The principals havent exactly been ‘passed on’ to the new group of people that will now take over/pass the batton. I would like to think that we all can live in the utopia, but the reality is, humans are flawed,and even if the community comes together to collectively clean and keep the desert clean, this would not be a sustainable approach and a more streamlined process needs to be created. The rains this year tested people’s patience and the playa will continue to do so in the future, and instead of relying on people to be responsible, i think it is also time to add some additional ‘changes’ to the principals, and meet people half way. as in provide some options for trash collection/disposal.

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  • Scott Perry says:

    This year was a little different – yes. But me and my campmates (they and I) didn’t generate any more waste than usual. Getting it it out was no different (we left on Tues). In Exodus-we noticed all the clean cars/RVs heading out. Hence – Cleanest burn ever in the grand scheme of things. I am not from area so I can’t speak to what is there now but my analysis says that the clean up is happening to the same extent it always has (albeit with some enhanced efforts). So those of us who want to simply talk trash will simply talk trash – EASY TARGET EVERY YEAR

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  • Anon says:

    I still want to experience Burning Man but I also don’t like the disrespect of the city I live in (Reno) and other communities nearby (looking at Fernley, Sparks, Tonopah, Beatty where regional burns are held and more).

    My solution? Volunteer. Should we be picking up after other people? No, but I wholeheartedly believe this state is beautiful and should be preserved. In addition, it’s just all about being respectful to the Paiute tribe. I’m Native American too but on that same note, can you get more volunteers that actually live here? A lot of us (me included) would love to go to burning man but we also want the LNT principle to be more than a representation instead of impression.

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  • Karen Vargas says:

    This article suggest that the Burning Man Organization and the “burners” are environmentally conscious and “leave no trace”? The carbon footprint and irreversible damage that that your week long party (and longer) is beyond simple measurement. Your organization is a far cry from being environmentally sound. Think about it, you are bringing 70,000 people to a fragile desert system to have a “free spirit” party and “burn”. Those people have to travel to the playa, many from long distances several hundred miles mininium to thousands. They bring to the playa bottled water, massive amount of groceries and of course plenty of liquor bottles. Camping gear, rugs, tents, tarps, a lot of furniture…..basically everything a person would need for a weeklong sheltered visit. The end result is TRASH and a fragile ecosystem disrupted for your party. The trash will be everywhere and this year stuck under the playa. Yes, you may clean up the playa and some roads here and there but there is still trash and irreverible damage to the “crust” of the playa…. your carbon footprint is huge…..from unnecessary burning of huge objects and the unnecessary burning of fossil fuels for the partier’s travel to unnecessary grocery items. If BM Organization truly believe in “Leave No Trace”, the party and free expression should be moved to an area that has the infrastructure to support 70,000 people….not to be held a hundred miles from the nearest city. It should be held in a city!!!!!
    As in an already existing area that includes pavement for rvs and campers. The desert playa should not be your “city”…..we already have enough cities. Move it back to your city or someplace where your carbon footprint will be less! Oh, and please supply trash dumpsters for your partiers if you continue to get a BLM permit. They obviously don’t understand “leave no trace”. The disrespect “burners” have shown this year to the playa and Nevada and it’s residents are disgusting……please go back to the city where the infrastructure already exist! Do you really need to crowd 70,000 people together for a week? As previously mentioned, the carbon footprint is beyond true measurement and your organization is made of polluters…… equivalent to the “polluters” of the 60’s. Seriously think about it.

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    • 10E says:

      Do you drive back and forth to work during the week or so that Burning Man is happening? Do you drive back and forth to the gas station, to your favorite stores, to the movies, to visit family, or for occasional scenic drives? This means you are contributing greenhouse gases to the atmosphere, burning oil, and creating pollution. Trying to say that people that go to Burning Man are contributing more than YOU on a regular day is a false equivalent. In fact, you probably contribute more.

      How often are people driving during a full week or more of being at Burning Man? Almost none of them. Also, HOW MUCH TRASH ARE YOU GENERATING EACH AND EVERY DAY? I’d say a whole lot, probably more that those who are at Burning Man. People like to prentend that THEY are not creating pollution, while all those dirty burners are. I say, PROVE IT.

      I would actually argue that those in the “default world” during the time that the burn occurs ARE USING JUST AS MUCH OIL AND GAS, AND ALSO TO MENTION, GENERATING AS MUCH WASTE AND TRASH, as anyone at Burning Man during the same time. In fact, I would go so far to say that they are very likely producing MORE trash and burning MORE fuel that those at the event.

      At the very minimum, in general, the overall majority of people at Burning Man, and the organization specifically, are vastly more conscious about how they are both creating and dealing with their refuse than ANY of these naysayers making hypocitical comments in forums like this one.

      Prove that you are not creating more waste than burners in the desert.

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  • Sister Mist says:

    Please read about the clean up process, the relationship with the BLM, that ensures that the details of the permit for burning man is followed. The inspection that BLM does, the responsibility of burning man for anything that is found in the inspection, and the required resolutions that follow. Educate yourself before commenting about what you “think” happens in order to LEAVE NO TRACE!

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  • Ricardo says:

    Over the last few years, I’ve had the incredible opportunity to attend this transformative event five times. What astonishes me each time is how it seems to go largely unnoticed by the local community. It’s a goldmine of economic potential that’s just waiting to be tapped. Why aren’t there pre- or post-burn events organized by locals? Where are the adjacent festivals or activities that could connect to this vibrant gathering?

    If littering is a concern, why not implement more efficient services to help people manage their waste as they exit? Festivals around the world significantly boost local economies; they’re a catalyst for tourism, commerce, and cultural engagement. Here, it almost feels like an ‘unwanted child,’ untouched by the surrounding community.

    So much more could be done to capitalize on this extraordinary event, benefiting both the festival-goers and the local community. It’s a win-win waiting to happen, and it’s time we ask ourselves: why is so much potential left unexplored?

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  • Delmer Buddy Totten says:

    $10 to dispose of big contactor bags of trash is totally reasonable. My bags went to a site off the 447 that was being run by native folx and i was glad to be able to give business to the Numu. We are guests on their land and they should be able to garner as much income from the event as possible! They thanked me for picking up after myself as i watched them help folx in an RV that just had a blowout at their sight. The coolest people ever!

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  • Playagia says:

    Two weeks after Burning Man I found piles of garbage bags and playa mud hundreds of miles down 395 along the Walker river.
    I am heartbroken to see the BRC culture I love devolve into a garbage dump spread over thousands of miles land I consider a temple of creation and existence.
    My heartbreak is devolving into anger, stealing my creative energy for BRC.

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