Spring cleaning for Missouri roads and highways

Cleaning up Missouri highways

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - It’s spring cleaning time, and not just for your house but for highways and roads in Missouri.

“We can only do so much, so we need everybody’s help in controlling the litter of the state,” said Mark Aufdenberg, MODOT’s roadside manager and adopt-a-highway coordinator.

April 15 marks the beginning of the “No MOre Trash! Bash”, the Missouri Department of Transportation and Missouri Department of Conservation’s month-long anti-litter event.

“Well I’m sure everybody driving on our state roadways have seen a lot of trash, especially during the winter months,” said Aufdenberg.

So he’s asking everyone to take part in the event.

“Just get out and get involved in your community or clean up the highway,” said Aufdenberg.

He recommends to pay attention to littering while driving, especially for safety reasons.

“Some trucks going down the road, if something flies out of the back of the truck because they’re load’s not secured, it could cause an accident, you know flies into somebody’s windshield,” said Aufdenberg.

And also, don’t throw trash out the car window.

“We’d rather them take it home with them and throw it away as throw it out on our roadways,” said Aufdenberg.

He said in 2018, MODOT spend $6.4 million on picking up highway and roadway litter. But it’s not just about the financial strain trash causes.

“Well there’s never enough time to pick it all up ourselves, so without the help of the community, we can’t control the litter," he said.

If you want to get involved, visit www.nomoretrash.org or call MODOT at 1-888-275-6636.

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