BRC Census Population Analysis, 2013-2019

Life in BRC

Leave No Trace and On-Playa Power


Leave No Trace

Participant Indications of Waste Sorting at Camp in BRC*

Error bars indicate the upper and lower bounds of the 95% confidence intervals.

* Data presented in the plot above and table below are from Burning Man 2018.

2018   2019
Percent MoE +/- %   Percent MoE +/- %
Participant Sorted 79.1 1.2   83.4 1.0
Waste Was Not Sorted 9.9 0.8   7.0 0.6
Someone Else in Camp Sorted 6.9 0.6   6.0 0.6
Unknown 4.1 0.6   3.6 0.6

The 2016 and 2017 online surveys included differently worded questions about trash sorting, so direct comparison is impossible. In 2016 and 2017 respectively, 75.0% (+/- 1.2) and 78.1% (+/- 1.2) of participants reported sorting waste at their own camp, 6.6% (+/- 0.8) and 5.4% (+/- 0.8) of participants reported that someone else in their camp sorted waste, and 3.4% (+/- 0.6) and 2.4% (+/- 0.4) did not know.


Leave No Trace

Types of Waste Sorted at Camp in BRC*

Error bars indicate the upper and lower bounds of the 95% confidence intervals.

* Participants selected all option(s) that applied, and data presented in the plot above and table below are from Burning Man 2018.

** "Reusables" was first added as an option in the 2018 online survey.

2016   2017   2018   2019
Percent MoE +/- %   Percent MoE +/- %   Percent MoE +/- %   Percent MoE +/- %
Recyclables 80.1 1.2   81.5 1.2   83.8 1.0   99.5 0.4
Compostables 35.8 1.4   39.0 1.4   39.7 1.2   63.0 2.4
Burnables 46.9 1.4   46.0 1.4   42.6 1.2   56.0 2.4
Reusables** NA NA   NA NA   27.4 1.2   46.8 2.4
Other 7.7 0.8   8.0 0.8   7.2 0.6   4.6 1.0

Leave No Trace

Post-Event Trash Disposal Strategies*

Error bars indicate the upper and lower bounds of the 95% confidence intervals.

* Participants selected all option(s) that applied. Several options (see "NA" items in table below) were first included in the 2017 online survey. This question was asked in 2016 as well, but the answers were changed in 2017, so results are not directly comparable.

** "GGID" stands for Gerlach General Improvement District.

*** The exact wording of this answer option in the online survey was,"I looked for dumpsters and recycling bins on my way home that I did not have to pay to use."

2017   2018   2019
Percent MoE +/- %   Percent MoE +/- %   Percent MoE +/- %
Took Trash Home for Disposal 35.7 1.2   39.5 1.2   41.9 1.4
Used Transfer Station/Landfill en Route to Home 10.8 0.8   14.0 1.0   15.1 1.0
Camp Had On-Playa Service 12.5 1.0   12.6 0.8   13.0 0.8
Paid for Use of Dumpsters en Route to Home 11.5 0.8   13.6 1.0   12.6 1.0
Someone Else Took Care of Trash 14.6 1.0   11.5 0.8   11.6 0.8
Looked for Dumpsters/Bins en Route to Home*** 9.7 0.8   8.9 0.8   6.6 0.8
Used BxB Trash/Recycling Program 6.4 0.8   6.1 0.6   6.4 0.6
Obtained Friend/Family Permission to Use Dumpsters/Bins 6.1 0.6   6.5 0.6   5.6 0.6
Used GGID** in Gerlach 3.1 0.6   3.7 0.6   3.2 0.6
Dropped Trash on Roadside/Left Trash On-Playa 0.1 0.2   0.1 0.0   0.1 0.0

On-Playa Power

Power Source(s) Used On-Playa*

Error bars indicate the upper and lower bounds of the 95% confidence intervals.

* Participants selected all option(s) that applied.

2013   2014   2015   2016   2017   2018   2019
Percent MoE +/- %   Percent MoE +/- %   Percent MoE +/- %   Percent MoE +/- %   Percent MoE +/- %   Percent MoE +/- %   Percent MoE +/- %
Camp Generator 36.5 1.0   43.8 1.0   44.6 1.2   46.0 1.4   48.7 1.4   50.0 1.4   52.4 1.4
Batteries 59.3 1.0   58.5 1.0   49.7 1.2   54.1 1.4   50.4 1.4   48.8 1.4   48.7 1.4
Solar Power 30.1 1.0   34.2 1.0   35.3 1.2   40.1 1.4   39.7 1.4   39.3 1.2   41.8 1.4
Vehicle Generator 20.7 0.8   19.3 0.8   19.4 1.0   20.2 1.2   19.0 1.2   18.6 1.0   18.4 1.0
BRC Grid 4.3 0.4   6.0 0.6   3.9 0.4   4.3 0.6   4.7 0.6   5.7 0.6   5.9 0.6
None 12.2 0.6   8.4 0.6   8.8 0.8   6.4 0.8   5.9 0.8   5.4 0.6   4.5 0.6
Another Camp’s Power 2.5 0.4   2.6 0.4   1.8 0.4   2.3 0.4   1.9 0.4   1.5 0.4   1.8 0.4
Wind Power 0.9 0.2   0.6 0.2   0.6 0.2   0.9 0.2   0.4 0.2   0.4 0.2   0.5 0.2

On-Playa Power

Vehicle Generator Fuel Type*

Error bars indicate the upper and lower bounds of the 95% confidence intervals.

* Data presented in the plot above and table below represent participants who indicated use of a vehicle generator for on-playa power.

2016   2017   2018   2019
Percent MoE +/- %   Percent MoE +/- %   Percent MoE +/- %   Percent MoE +/- %
Gasoline 80.0 2.5   79.7 2.7   79.7 2.5   84.4 2.4
Propane 7.4 1.8   7.0 1.6   8.3 1.8   7.0 1.6
Diesel 8.0 1.8   6.6 1.8   7.4 1.6   5.4 1.6
Unknown 4.3 1.4   6.4 1.8   4.3 1.2   3.2 1.0

In the 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019 online surveys respectively, these participants reported an average of 3.0 (+/- 0.2), 3.9 (+/- 0.3), 3.3 (+/- 0.2), 4.0 (+/- 0.3) hours of vehicle generator use per day.


On-Playa Power

Camp Generator Fuel Type*

Error bars indicate the upper and lower bounds of the 95% confidence intervals.

* Data presented in the plot above and table below represent participants who indicated use of a camp generator for on-playa power.

2016   2017   2018   2019
Percent MoE +/- %   Percent MoE +/- %   Percent MoE +/- %   Percent MoE +/- %
Gasoline 59.0 2.0   58.5 2.0   58.6 1.8   59.5 1.8
Unknown 23.9 1.8   24.7 1.8   23.9 1.6   22.7 1.6
Diesel 12.3 1.4   12.1 1.2   12.7 1.2   13.9 1.2
Propane 3.1 0.8   3.0 0.6   3.5 0.6   2.8 0.6
Multiple Types 0.8 0.4   1.2 0.4   1.0 0.4   0.7 0.2
Biodiesel 0.8 0.4   0.5 0.2   0.3 0.2   0.3 0.2

In the 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019 online surveys respectively, these participants reported an average of 10.5, 11.4, 11.0, and 11.8 (all +/- 0.4) hours of camp generator use per day.


On-Playa Power

Camp Generator Output*

Error bars indicate the upper and lower bounds of the 95% confidence intervals.

* Data presented in the plot above and table below represent participants who indicated use of a camp generator for on-playa power.

2016   2017   2018   2019
Percent MoE +/- %   Percent MoE +/- %   Percent MoE +/- %   Percent MoE +/- %
<1kW 2.5 0.6   2.0 0.6   2.1 0.4   2.1 0.6
1kW-<2kW 6.9 1.0   6.5 1.0   6.7 1.0   5.7 0.8
2kW-<4kW 9.1 1.2   8.6 1.0   8.9 1.0   9.7 1.2
4kW-<10kW 6.8 1.0   6.2 0.8   6.9 1.0   6.4 0.8
10kW-<20kW 2.6 0.6   3.0 0.6   3.0 0.6   2.7 0.6
20kW-<40kW 2.4 0.8   2.7 0.6   2.4 0.6   2.9 0.6
40kW+ 3.8 0.6   4.4 0.6   5.4 0.8   5.1 0.8
Unknown 65.8 2.0   66.7 1.8   64.6 1.8   65.4 1.8

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