• Views from Penobscot Mountain summit.

    Acadia

    National Park Maine

Principle 3: Dispose of Waste Properly

Pack it in, Pack it out

  • Pick up trash wherever you go, even when it’s not yours.
  • Watch your micro trash (e.g., twist ties, food crumbs, fruit stickers, etc.).
  • Reduce waste before you go. Remove excess packaging, stickers, etc., even for a day hike.

Human Waste

  • Use facilities when available.
  • When you feel that first sign in your gut, start thinking about where you will go. Practice planned peristalsis.
  • Deposit solid human waste in catholes dug 6-8 inches deep at least 200 feet from water, camp, or trails. A trowel makes this job easier.
  • Pack out toilet paper and hygiene products. A double plastic bread bag system works fine.
  • Urinate on durable rock, gravel, or forest litter, not plants. Urine burns foliage, and wildlife will dig for salts. Get 200 feet from water, camp, or trails to spread impacts.
  • Step on durable surfaces en route to your business.
 

Can you dig it?

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