LEAVE NO TRACE
OUR EVENT TAKES PLACE WITHIN A PRIVATE NATURE RESERVE – THIS MEANS THAT ANYTHING NOT ALREADY FOUND THERE IS MOOP, OR "MATTER OUT OF PLACE".
IN OTHER WORDS, EVERYTHING BROUGHT TO TANKWA TOWN IS POTENTIAL MOOP:
Cigarette "stompies" (butts), glow sticks and glow stick connectors, tent stakes, bottle caps, ashes (yup!), duct tape scraps, wood debris, matchsticks, orange peels, pistachio shells, boa feathers, rope fibres, sequins, false eyelashes – even abandoned bikes…oh, and did we mention the stompies (cigarette butts) and cable ties?
MOOP also includes natural materials. They are not OK to leave in the desert – in the desert, things take ages to decompose.
Hay, seashells, pretty rocks that you have brought from elsewhere, plant matter, fruit peels, vegetable peels, nut shells, feathers, coffee grounds, etc. are all things that must be removed.
****---- LEAVE IT AS YOU FOUND IT. ----****
There is no rubbish collection at Tankwa Town. Everything you bring in, you must take back with you: Every. Single. Thing. If it came with you, it leaves with you.
Before you head to the desert:
• Remove excess packaging from everything (and recycle it at home) – store food in re-usable, air-tight containers.
• Don’t bring glass - buy cans or decant into plastic (crush those cans and plastic).
• Don’t pack your feather boa, glitter, confetti or Styrofoam of any kind.
• Don’t pack flying lanterns, flares or fireworks.
• Don’t bring too much fresh produce – if you don’t eat it, you’ll have to cart rotting food home. Not lekker.
What the heck do I do with my used water?!
Shower in a bucket using only biodegradable EVERYTHING (shampoo, conditioner, scrubs without plastic, shaving stuff, toothpaste, you name it). Either use your shower water for your dishes (see dishes below) or sprinkle finely far away from camp where it will not form a pool and evaporate quickly. Even better would be to evaporate it completely from the bucket but that is not always possible.
Lick your plates and cutlery clean as best you can. Then wipe it with paper towels if needed. Said paper towels can be dried out somewhere safe from wind, and burnt. Alternatively, it must be bagged and taken home with you in your own vehicle.
If that doesn’t work, wash dishes with your shower water and biodegradable soap. Then strain the water somehow through a grid/sock/cloth to remove absolutely every food scrap. These scraps can be carefully dried on their own and then burnt (without the sock of course!). Alternatively, it must be bagged and taken home with you in your own vehicle.
Sprinkle this now filtered dish water very finely, far away from any camps, where it will not form a pool and evaporate quickly. Even better would be to evaporate it completely from the bucket but that is not always possible.
Food scraps are MOOP! Visible moisture puddles or stains on the ground are MOOP!
WANT TO STAY BEHIND AFTER THE CROWDS HAVE GONE? YOU COULD ALWAYS JOIN OUR LEAVE NO TRACE VOLUNTEERS:
Our Leave No Trace team are a dedicated bunch volunteers who stay in Tankwa Town for about 3 weeks after the event to restore the desert to its previous beauty, record the MOOP that was found and produce a MOOP Map.
If you would like to sign up as a volunteer of LNT, go to the Volunteer Booth at Off Centre Camp for more info. Or register for a a shift here: https://signup.com/mobileweb/2.0/vspot.html?groupkey=570302900952080123#group_page - everyone is welcome!