scouts-l Mail Archive for March of 2000: LNT dishwashing
Sun Mar 19 2000 - 14:43:08 CST
Subject: Leave No Trace
I have a question for the Leave No Trace masters out there. In a group
setting in a developed camp, if you decide that chlorinated dish rinsing is
necessary for proper sanitation, what is the proper method of disposing of
the screened water?
This was extensively discussed in S-L in the last year or so... try the
archives if you want the whole scoop.
Howver, from a LNT standpoint, you should be looking only at campers cooking
in and cleaning their individual dishes/utensils, not needing a massed washup
where all germy things go together in one pot. So it is PERFECTALY acceptable
for each person to lick his/her bowl and cup clean as a whistle (so as to
have NO food residue to dispose of), then rinse by pouring hot plain water
over them til shiny. Each person therefore deals only with his/her own oral
germs, which they are quite used to already and are minimal on the spoon/bowl
after rinsing AND would not reproduce on them when dry anyway.
If you want to look at the communal wash-up, then what you do is make sure
all the food residue is gone before washing, wash in hot soapy,. rinse in hot
clear, and dip in cool cloroxed for 30 seconds & air dry. To dispose of the
cloroxed water, heat it until very hot, thus evaporating the chlorine, then
cool and dispose of in the sump as you did the rest of the water.
Auntie Beans (and de facto troop sanitarian)
SA T47 Sandwich MA
Cape Cod & Islands Council
Abake MiSaNaKi Lodge #393
NSJ 1997 Nat'l Health & Safety and going in 01!
I useta be an Eagle...