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March 31, 2008 12:00 AM
Missouriís Roadsides and Waterways Need Spring Cleaning

JEFFERSON CITY - Everything looks better after a good scrubbing and Missouri's roadsides and waterways are no exception. Volunteers can help make Missouri beautiful by cleaning up litter during the annual No MOre Trash! Bash throughout the month of April.

"We are hoping for good weather this year, and twice as many volunteers as last year," said Stacy Armstrong, Missouri Department of Transportation, roadside management supervisor. "There's a lot of work to be done."

In 2007, despite record cold in April, more than 10,000 volunteers collected over 72,000 bags of litter and numerous truckloads of larger items that wouldn't fit into trash bags. People who helped clean up trash included MoDOT crews, Missouri Department of Conservation Stream Team members and other employees, Adopt-A-Highway participants, incarcerated crews and other volunteers. 

Each year, MoDOT spends over $5 million to clear litter along highways throughout our state - mostly litter that people have thrown out the vehicle windows. The Missouri Department of Conservation spends an additional $1 million a year to clean up waterways and conservation areas.

The 3,776 Adopt-A-Highway groups and 3,502 Stream Team volunteers spend countless hours on cleanup, but trash continues to litter our roads and streams. Money spent on litter cleanup could resurface many miles of roads, replace and repair bridges, improve habitats for wildlife and people and enhance parks and nature centers.

"Ultimately, we'd like to get people to stop littering altogether," said Armstrong. "We're working with lots of young people now and they can help change the future to make Missouri litter free."

The month-long Bash supports No MOre Trash!, a year-round litter prevention campaign established by the Missouri departments of Conservation and Transportation to raise litter awareness. Volunteers can help during the month of April by scheduling litter pickups, educating others about litter and/or conducting or participating in litter-free activities. Volunteers who report their activity will be recognized for their efforts with a lapel pin.

For more information, visit http://www.nomoretrash.org/.

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