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Staying Healthy in the Backcountry

Garbage in the Backcountry

Garbage is a breeding ground for many types of germs. Manage your garbage properly to keep yourself and the environment healthy.

  • Pack out everything you pack in except fish guts (entrails). Fish guts have a strong smell and could attract animals. Throw fish guts into the water where you caught the fish.
  • Plan your menu carefully so you don’t have leftovers.
  • Any scraps of food left should be packed and carried out. Don’t burn or bury it. Some food will still remain to rot and attract animals.
  • Pick up garbage as you go, even if it's not yours.
  • You’ll often find garbage bins at the trailhead. You can use them to throw out all the garbage you packed out.

Current as of: July 12, 2019

Author: Environmental Public Health, Alberta Health Services