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Prepared by Kara Price 314/453-1810

April 02, 2013 10:21 AM
MoDOT, Elected Officials, Community Leaders Pick Up Litter Saturday to Kick Off No MOre Trash! Bash

ST. LOUIS - Take a few hours to make St. Louis beautiful this April during the annual No MOre Trash! Bash. Join the Missouri Department of Transportation, Missouri Department of Conservation, local elected officials, community leaders and volunteers to help clean up litter from Missouri roads.

What/When/Where: MoDOT invites the public to pick up litter with these groups Saturday, April 6 starting at 9 a.m., as part of this month-long initiative. Participants are encouraged to meet at one of the following trash bash locations where they will be safely guided by MoDOT along the routes while picking up litter:

  • St. Louis City - Walgreens at Truman Parkway and Lafayette Avenue
  • North St. Louis County - Village Square Shopping Center parking lot at Lindbergh
  • Southwest St. Louis Counties - I-55 at Reavis Barracks commuter lot
  • St. Charles County - I-64 at Route 94 commuter lot on South Outer Road between Route K and Route 94.
  • Franklin/Jefferson Counties - I-44 at Gray Summit commuter lot on Route 66

MoDOT will supply participants with trash bags, safety vests, litter pickers and gloves during these litter pickups. For more information, contact Kara Price, MoDOT Community Relations, at 1-888 ASK MoDOT or kara.price@modot.mo.gov

Why: The goal of the annual No MOre Trash! Bash is to spread awareness of Missouri's litter problem and work toward a litter-free state. This initiative is sponsored by the Missouri Departments of Transportation and Conservation to clean up Missouri. Keeping litter off the roadways and out of the water is an important step in beautifying Missouri for another beautiful spring and summer.

"It's time to get outside, get the litter picked up, and make our state beautiful this season," said Stacy Armstrong, MoDOT roadside management. "The trash bash is a great way to get organized and actually make a difference."

In 2012, more than 18,000 volunteers and other participants collected more than 130,000 bags of trash and tons of other debris throughout Missouri. Each year, MoDOT spends more than $5 million to clear litter along highways throughout the state. The Adopt-A-Highway volunteers and Stream Team volunteers spend countless hours during the year to help keep Missouri beautiful, but litter still accumulates in streams and along roads. For more information about the Bash and how you can do your part, visit nomoretrash.org.

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