What took us so long? The MOOP assessment on site has been much more extensive in 2023 when compared to previous years. This has raised a number of challenges, as at first glance, this year’s map might look like a step back because of the volume of red and orange sites in Tankwa Town.
Under the guidance of our MOOP-Master, Kevin Rack, AfrikaBurn is being proactive with regards to how we leave no trace on Quaggafontein by bringing our MOOP standards in line with AGF international standards, with the aim for AfrikaBurn to become the benchmark in Africa for sustainable and regenerative large-scale events.
Assessments for the 2023 MOOP map were not conducted by AfrikaBurn crew as in previous years but with independent, participant-sourced assessors who gifted their time after AfrikaBurn had finished and conducted the MOOP assessments free of the constraints of friendship and long-standing relationships, giving us a more honest account of the MOOP left behind in Tankwa Town.
For the first time, we’re giving you access to the source MOOP data so you know exactly what went down on the ground (all personal data and information has been redacted) and can draw your own conclusions about how MOOPy we were this year. We’ve also greyed out all the artworks in the Binnekring because we felt that it was important that the MOOP noted in this map focused on participants (not artists). There is a concern that if MOOP was found at the Tree of Stories (for example), then the community would think that the Tree of Stories crew were the source of the MOOP. This is unlikely to be the case … The problem is often that participants looking at the artwork leave cigarette ends, bottles, cans etc., at the artwork, which is not MOOP created by the artist. So, we wanted to note MOOP found at artworks without pointing any fingers at the artists themselves.
What’s the strangest MOOP from this year?
Celery sticks, Leonotis leonurus flowers, lots of plastic flowers and strings of fake ivy
What’s the most found MOOP this year?
Cigarette butts and roaches by far.
Wood Pallets and sawdust.
Bling MOOP (glitter sequins, feathers, accessories)
Dumping of general waste in bin bags.
Ash dumping from braai drums.
Organic matter like vegetable peels
Lollipop sticks and bubble gum
Bits of wire
Plastic Shot glasses.
Human waste (poo and condoms)
What’s the most difficult MOOP to deal with?
Glitter and sequins