No MOre Trash Bash planned
The Missouri Departments of Conservation and Transportation (MDC and MoDOT) have joined to spring into action with the No MOre Trash Bash to help Missouri become a litter-free state.
The No MOre Trash Bash is an annual event that occurs during the month of April in an effort to get people to clean roadsides, parks, rivers and streams.
"It's time to get outside, get the litter picked up and make our state beautiful this spring," said Stacy Armstrong, MoDOT roadside management specialist. "The trash bash is a good way to get organized and actually make a difference."
Last year's bash saw about 1,000 groups of people, more than 21,000 volunteers, hosting educational activities in schools, at rest areas, community events, celebrating Earth Day and more. Over 128,000 bags of litter were collected across the state.
"Littering isn't just ugly," said Joe Jerek, trash bash coordinator for MDC. "It hurts wildlife, costs Missourians millions of tax dollars and it's illegal."
Birds, fish and other animals can get tangled in litter, such as plastic six pack holders and fishing lines, and it can kill them. Litter poisons fish, birds and other wildlife and costs up to $1,000 in fines and up to a year in jail for those caught breaking the law.
"We spend millions of dollars every year cleaning litter from roadsides, conservation areas and other locations," said Armstrong. "Every discarded bottle or fast food wrapper our volunteers clean up or prevent can save the state money."
For more information, or to participate in this year's bash, visit www.nomoretrash.org or call 888-ASK-MoDOT (275-6636).