What To Do with Garbage when Camping?
Leave No Trace!
When camping, we need to be concerned about even the smallest details. The leftover food on your plate can be harmful to the environment, and you should get rid of them in such a way as to leave no trace. We recommend you follow these steps.
- Stay at least 50 yards away from any watercourse.
- Use hot water and some type of cloth to clean pots, dishes, and pans.
- Pack any remaining food in a sealed plastic bag. The remaining water should be free of any food left over.
- Spread the remaining water as much as possible, and avoid using any type of detergent or soap when washing utensils.
- If you are going to rinse your hands, it is advisable to use sanitizing gel.
Keep in mind that many mountain parks have deposits at the entrance to leave trash, and are even separated between organic and inorganic.
When we refer to those trekking sites at higher altitudes with very low temperatures, we must clarify that it is difficult for organic waste to disappear. Instead, it is normal for them to freeze and remain there for a long time. In the same sense, we must be even more cautious when we are near water sources, such as rivers or springs, because the contamination poses an unnecessary risk to hikers who are climbing, and who may drink from those waters.
Additionally, take note of these principles to leave no trace:
- When you leave your camp, make sure you clean and sweep the area you occupied well. Notice that no food remains or another kind of garbage is left behind.
- It is not appropriate to burn food or garbage, let alone throw it into a river.