I did some MOOPing in a village that shall remain unnamed (not BDV) on Tuesday morning as I was waiting for my partner and our fellow traveller to be ready to depart (they were doing a line sweep in my fellow traveller's village). Because I was on crutches, I couldn't participate in the line sweep; Instead, I crawled around on the ground, covering a small perimeter around where our car was parked (I had kneepads on). This allowed me to do (I hope) a thorough job, but in a very tiny space. Nevertheless, I got a ridiculous amount of MOOP.
The worst offender: Wood splinters and pine needles (?!). Hundreds of each. Other notable offenders: About a dozen each of sequins, cigarette butts, small pieces of plastic, tiny bits of feathers, pieces of fluff/fur, bits of ash/charcoal from the nearby burn barrel. Several each of food wrappers, bottle caps, leaves (?!), zip ties, bits of paper.
I don't know what was with the pine needles, but there were a lot of those, and I'm pretty sure they count as a restricted item.
As for the wood splinters... those are, of course, not restricted, but they were a huge MOOP problem (at least in this particular village). My partner also found hundreds of those in his line sweep (a few hundred feet away from where I was). Obviously, wood can't be restricted, but perhaps a set of "best practices" for handling wood on the playa without MOOPing need to be developed and shared around.
I suspect that at least some of the wood splinters near me, as well as the pine needles, and leaves, fell out of the burn barrel (or perhaps more accurately, didn't make it in, being blown away by the hot-air currents as they were being dumped in). Maybe the burn barrels need to have a better catchment system for stuff that falls/blows out of them.
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on Fri Sep 14, 2012 8:49 am, edited 1 time in total.
If you want drama to stop following you everywhere, try letting go of the leash.