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Poop Tube 101

Guest - September 19, 2016

Nashville, TN: Do you know how to dispose of your human waste when in the outdoors? Here are the general guidelines on how to dispose of waste properly when in the outdoors:

  • Pack it in, pack it out. Inspect your campsite and rest areas for trash or spilled foods. Pack out all trash, leftover food and litter.
  • Deposit solid human waste in catholes dug 6 to 8 inches deep, at least 200 feet from water, camp and trails. Cover and disguise the cathole when finished.
  • Pack out toilet paper and hygiene products.
  • To wash yourself or your dishes, carry water 200 feet away from streams or lakes and use small amounts of biodegradable soap. Scatter strained dishwater.

Have you ever heard of a poop tube? In this video we show you how to make one.  A poop tube is one way to dispose of human waste when you cannot dig a cathole during your outdoor activity of choice, such as: big wall climbing, living in a van or on a backpacking trip.

Here is more information on biffy bags:

Purchase biffy bags HERE

More information on poop tubes can be found in our Leave No Trace Skills & Ethics Booklets HERE

More information on how to dispose of human waste properly HERE


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Amanda and Greg – Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainer Team East Central

Leave No Trace’s Amanda Neiman and Greg Smith are part of the 2016 Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainer Program that provides free, mobile education to communities across the country. Proud partners of this program include Subaru of America, REI, Fjall Raven, ENO, Deuter, Thule, and SmartWool.

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