Missourians from every corner of the state are asked to do spring cleaning outdoors and help fight litter through the state's annual No MOre Trash! Bash from Saturday, April 15 to Monday, May 15.
Missourians from every corner of the state are asked to do spring cleaning outdoors and help fight litter through the state’s annual No MOre Trash! Bash from Saturday, April 15 to Monday, May 15.
The No MOre Trash! Bash is sponsored by the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT). This year’s No MOre Trash! Bash marks the 15th year for the No MOre Trash! anti-litter campaign and the 30th anniversary of MoDOT’s Adopt-A-Highway program.
The annual Trash Bash encourages people to clean up litter across Missouri from roadsides, parks, neighborhoods, rivers, streams, trails and other places. Trash Bash activities also include educational efforts in schools, community events and Earth Day celebrations.
Each year, MoDOT alone spends about $6 million to remove litter from more than 385,000 acres of roadsides along 34,000 state highway miles. Annual volunteer trash pickup efforts, including the trash bash and Adopt-A-Highway program, are valued at $1 million.
Last year, more than 50,400 bags of litter and several truckloads of debris were picked up during the one month No MOre Trash! Bash. People also attended numerous educational events stressing the importance of not littering. Volunteers participated through Adopt-A-Highway and Stream Team litter cleanup events. Missouri Stream Team Program volunteers removed 581 tons of litter from waterways and dedicated over $1.8 million worth of volunteer time to litter removal statewide annually.
“Litter is a big problem because it’s unattractive, costly and harmful to the environment,” said Stacy Armstrong, MoDOT No MOre Trash! coordinator. “For the past 30 years, MoDOT has encouraged volunteers to adopt a highway and help keep Missouri clean. Many of Missouri’s more than 5,200 Adopt- A-Highway groups participate in the annual trash bash, and we thank them for their participation.”
Littering isn’t just ugly, it also hurts wildlife and Missouri outdoors.
“Birds, fish, turtles and other animals get tangled in litter, such as plastic six-pack holders and fishing line, and it can kill them," said Conservation Department No MOre Trash! Coordinator Joe Jerek. "Litter poisons fish, birds and other wildlife and can cost a litterer up to $1,000 in fines and one year in jail.”
MDC and MoDOT encourage all Missourians to properly dispose of litter, including recycling it. Volunteers are needed across the state to participate in litter cleanup activities during the next four weeks. Participants can report their cleanup efforts and will receive a thank you No MOre Trash! pin. For more information and to learn how to participate, visit www.nomoretrash.org or call 1-888-ASK-MODOT (1-888-275-6636).