Dougly hits nail on head, as usual.
in years past, i would start a few weeks out, prepping myself, consciously stuffing cigarette butts into my pockets and picking up stray trash.
then i would start months out, as the Frenzy kicked off, and summer started.
now i just do it, because when i do slip, and let something go to the wind or toss it by mistake, a sudden sense of shame comes over me, and i pick up 2 pieces for every one.
i didnt used to be this way.
most people would call me OCD......fine....i'm OCD.
i wasnt before i learned LNT.
visit the playa sometime other than Burning Man.
drink in the Nothing.
there are traces, here and there, tracks that get covered, small items missed or buried, but for the most part, not much trace of humanity.
it should stay that way if possible.
the Playa, and Northern Nevada, is a special place, it's NoWhere and it's Got Nothing...
I like it that way...
if i can offer up a word of advice to Newbs, start now, like Dougly Says, become aware of your shit, and where and how you put it somewhere.
when you arrive, you'll already be a pro.