"Take nothing but pictures. Leave nothing but footprints." You might have seen this sign at tourist destinations but the question is, do you really implement it? Many people ignore this sign, walking away leaving behind a trail of litter at the time of departure. Very disturbing, when carelessness like this destroys the very ecosystem they have come to enjoy, and creates health issues thanks to decomposition of waste left behind. Minimizing such waste is not difficult or onerous, and here are several ways to do it - and save the environment for future enjoyment by yourself and others.
Plan in Advance
You should study the campsite and location you plan to visit. If you can't check it out in person in advance, at least do some online research about it and the surrounding area. This is how you can learn about camping rules in that specific area. This also helps in preparing in advance so that chances of littering gradually go down.
Camp on Durable Surfaces
Durable surfaces are established trails and campsites. In order to minimize littering, you must travel and camp on durable surfaces. People often disrupt the purity of the area while creating new pathways and campsites. To prevent littering, one should avoid it.
Arrange Proper Disposal of Waste
Make it a habit of packing up waste and throw it wherever you see a dustbin, and don’t leave any trash behind before you leave the campsite. Human waste should be buried six to eight inches under the ground at least 200 feet away from any body of water.
Reduce Campfire Impacts
The ash produced from the campfire is also a waste and needs to be disposed properly, so after your ashes cool, dispose it away away from bodies of water.
Don’t Disturb Wildlife
It is a good practice not to approach wild animals or feed them. It is good for the surroundings and for your own safety as well. Do not touch or follow any wild animal.
Be Thoughtful of Other Campers
Remember, you will not be the last person to visit the campsite. Therefore, it comes naturally that you must clean the campsite before you leave to make it easier for the next campers to enjoy camping near Pune.
Minimize Waste While Camping
While you follow the leave-no-trash and clean the campsite before you leave, you can reduce waste production by following certain rules while you are camping. Follow the tips given below:
- Spread your camp over the smallest space possible
- Get information about the wildlife of the campsite your are visiting
- Do not litter anywhere. Ask the organizers or locals about the dumping site to dispose the waste.
- Use the allotted fire pit
- Let the campfire burn to ashes
- Carry waste disposal bags
Near the Indian cities of Mumbai and Pune, Pawna Lake Camping is a wonderful lakeside site surrounded by historic forts like Tikona, Tung, Visapur and Lohgad.