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March 16, 2009 12:00 AM
April is Time for Spring Cleaning with the No More Trash! Bash

JEFFERSON CITY - Spring into action this April and help clean up Missouri during the No MOre Trash! Bash 2009. No MOre Trash! Bash is a month-long litter-prevention celebration that encourages people to help clean up Missouri's roadsides and streams.

"Littering really adds up as far as costs to our environment, our economy and the beauty of Missouri," said Joe Jerek, coordinator of the No MOre Trash! campaign for the Missouri Department of Conservation. "Wildlife can be maimed or killed by litter, and it pollutes our forests, fields, streams, rivers and lakes. And it's just plain ugly."

Last year thousands of volunteers from all across Missouri collected more than 84,000 bags of trash from Missouri's streams and roadways to help make the Bash a success. We need your help this year to help make Missouri more beautiful and keep it that way. Keeping litter off the roadways and out of the water is an important step in beautifying Missouri for another beautiful spring and summer.

"We want people to realize littering isn't good for anyone," said Stacy Armstrong, Missouri Department of Transportation roadside management supervisor. "It costs Missouri millions of dollars each year - money that could be spent improving Missouri roads."

Each year MoDOT spends more than $5 million to clear litter along highways throughout the state. The more than 3,900 Adopt-A-Highway volunteers and 3,500 Stream Team volunteers spend countless hours during the year to help keep Missouri beautiful, but litter still accumulates in streams and along roads.

"This April and beyond, be ever mindful of where you put your trash and think about the consequences of your actions," Armstrong said. "Do your part and help Missourians save millions in tax dollars."

For more information about the Bash and how you can do your part, visit nomoretrash.org.

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