Below is an open letter to all Mayors and leaders of this year's theme camps. As listeners of this broadcast, I am asking you to help me with the daunting task of distributing this message. Thank you very much for your support.
Dear Camp Leader and Participant,
The goal of any well-managed camp is to reduce trash and determine ways to pack and/or dispose of it properly. As part of the responsibility of a leader, you are tasked with educating all of your members in how to do this for the comfort and enjoyment of all. There is one item of trash that continues to get through the cracks of our education however. This is trash that is often not considered trash, but erroneously thought of and treated as a type of toilet paper. I am of course referring to baby-wipes, wet-wipes, personal wipes, etc. This kind of trash never goes into to porta-potties, regardless of what the package states. The fabric is too sturdy for the cleaning process, and seizes up the cleaning equipment.
Every year, the porta potty vendor has to assign their employees to manually rake the mountains of baby-wipes out of the screens and pick the debris from the gearing with rakes and pliers. This is more than an icky inconvenience to the poor individuals tasked with this horrible job. Because the equipment must be stopped (and this is because it becomes seized up) and it can take hours to dislodge the offending material, the entire sewage treatment flow slows way down. If it becomes too slow, or halts altogether, the vendor faces disturbing consequences, even catastrophe.
The task I am asking you, as a leader in your group, is to educate your people on how to properly dispose of baby-wipes in a manner consistent with your own and BM principles. They can be kept in ziploc baggies for later burning or with the trash going home.
I realize this is a subject that is quite personal, and nobody is going to follow an individual into the privy to enforce this rule. But if the subject can be broached at your first camp meeting, when minds are fresh and focused, we should all see positive results. I ask you to use language that is clear enough for the entire camp to easily understand, and not make light of it. The gentlemen I've interviewed aren't amused and desperately want to see results this year. So please, put this item on your camp's agenda, and help all of us have a great burn this year.
Thank you for participating.
DPW Volunteer Coordinator Special Projects, Porta-potties