Recycle Camp

Are you interested in Recycling at Burning Man?

Do you really want to give something back to this community?


Recycle Camp is the hard working group of folks who are as committed to reducing waste as they are to having a good time. Begun in 1998, Recycle Camp is the place to recycle your aluminum cans as all proceeds are donated to the Gerlach school! The volunteer opportunities go beyond the playa; they range from pre-event to post-event, meaning you can get your recycle-fu on all year long!

We need all kinds of help throughout different phases of the process:

Pre-Event: Get involved by connecting with the key players at Recycle Camp. Things actually begin in December with budgets and camp plans. Any new ideas for the coming year need to be discussed early. We encourage everyone who curious about recycling on the Playa to contact us and find out what’s going on.

As we near the event, our priorities shift to maintenance of our infrastructure and planning the construction and decoration of our camp. We sometimes need help with all of this! Watch for e mails about work weekends in both San Francisco and NV.

During the Event: Recycle Camp is one of the best and most rewarding places to volunteer in Black Rock City. This year we are pushing for more drop-in volunteers. Our core team needs you to help us to keep up with the growing population of Black Rock City.

We will need a ton of help to deal with the more than two tons of aluminum. We typically run two daily 4-hour shifts, Monday through Sunday, 9am to 1pm and 1pm to 5pm. Shift leads will be on hand to coordinate drop-in volunteers. If you’re thinking about volunteering at Recycle Camp please be prepared to get your hands a little dirty, yes, it’s juicy! Join us and put in some fun time making Black Rock City the green city that it is.

Post-Event: After the Temple burns, it’s time to break down camp and leave no trace. This is a rewarding process that sets an example to the rest of the community. It takes several days to reduce Recycle Camp to nothing, and pack it up so that we can reuse it next year. Care to lend a hand? We’d love to have you! Stop by!

If you’re up to the challenge, or if you have any questions about any of this, email Recycle Camp or fill out a Volunteer Questionnaire and sign up today.