Leave no Trace – Dispose of waste properly

Next, in an ongoing series of articles about the 7 Leave No Trace principles for outdoor activities like camping and hiking – Dispose of your waste properly.  This refers to all forms of waste including trash, food waste, and human solid waste.

Pack it in, pack it out – Some places are more or less stringent about the PIIPIO ideal than others.  You may be strictly required to account for all materials you take in and bring out.  Pack out all trash, leftover food and litter.  In some places, you will even have to pack out your own poop and toilet paper!

If you don’t have to pack out your poop, you’ll still need to dispose of it either in a designated toilet/latrine/kybo or dig a cathole 6-8 inches deep at least 200 feet from trail, camp, and water.

Poop is one of the first things people think about when they hear this principle, but it is not only about feces.  You also need to move at least 200 feet away from trail, camp, and water to wash dishes.  When done, strain and pack out the solids from the dishwater and distribute the wash water over a large area.


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