Symbiosis Gathering | Pyramid Eclipse

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Pack so that you create less trash to bring home with you.

Practice the 6 R's: Rethink, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Respect and Restore

Choose non-glass containers. Glass is not allowed on festival grounds.

Consider more energy efficient, reusable lights (instead of "single-use" glow sticks) and alternative fuels such as biodiesel, to light and power your camp!

Remove unnecessary product packaging before you leave home. Choose less messy menu items (finger foods). Avoid leftovers (feed your neighbors and make friends). Bring pre-cooked food (store in zip-type bags for easy-to-eat food on the run). You can use your car’s front dash as a solar cooker to heat cold or frozen foods.


Choose large reusable water or beverage containers rather than single serving plastic bottles.

Bring your own reusable beverage container–ideally one you can attach to your outfit wherever you go. A mug with a loop handle works.

Instead of tossing them, salvage reuse and recycle your camp's shade structure and other materials.


Put a weight on or tie down anything in your camp that can blow away.

Never let anything hit the ground!

Clean as you go.

Clean your campsite in a grid pattern with campmates before leaving. Remove EVERYTHING.

Put a pan or secured tarp under your vehicle to catch any fluids that may leak out onto the ground.

Use biodegradable detergent instead of soap.

Rub your hands with a few drops of a waterless disinfectant lotion, available at drugstores, before you handle food. This saves water and is also good camp hygiene.

Smokers: Carry a portable ashtray (such as a sealable receptacle) with you at all times, or put butts in your pocket. NEVER, EVER drop butts on the ground.

Don’t bring things made of loose items like glitter or feathers that will be hard to clean up.


Set up a low-volume water spray or spray bottle over a basin or bin for dishwashing and hand cleaning.

Collect your grey water and take it to several RV dump stations along highway 80 and in Reno after the event.

Check with the dumping station before the event for disposal charges and determine if they can handle the amount of water you are planning to dump!

Evaporation ponds are a technique that has been shown to reduce the volume of grey water. It is, however, important to construct a pond that is big enough for your camp and to give enough time to evaporate liquids before it is time to go.


Pack your garbage and belongings so that they will not fly off when you are going 70MPH down the highway... debris on the highway is a hazard, reflects poorly on our community and there is a $1000 fine for littering!

Separate trash. Bring mesh bags to dehydrate wet garbage/compostables or a 5-gallon sealable bucket to store wet trash. This will isolate and reduce the burden of rotting food refuse.

Choose crushable aluminum cans over plastic and glass.

Do not dump trash at rest areas along the way or in the dumpsters of private businesses.

Dump your garbage only in approved facilities listed below.
Leave the dump sites in good condition.
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Sunday May 20th, 2012
5:14PM - Start of eclipse
6:30PM - Maximum Eclipse
(lasting 4min 40sec)
7:36PM - End of eclipse