Missouri’s annual No MOre Trash! Bash returns April 1

Behind the foliage at LSU's Burden Center hides 81 tons of plastic bottles, beer cans, and...
Behind the foliage at LSU's Burden Center hides 81 tons of plastic bottles, beer cans, and other discarded waste in a 30-acre wetland.(Austin Kemker/WAFB-TV | WAFB)
Published: Mar. 22, 2021 at 3:44 PM CDT
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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (KFVS) - Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDot) will hold its annual No MOre Trash! Bash during the month of April.

The No MOre Trash! Bash is an annual outreach of MoDOT’s year-round litter control efforts.

During the statewide anti-litter event, volunteers are encouraged to clean up litter adjacent to highways to help beautify Missouri.

It has been held every spring since 2004 except for 2020 when COVID-19 forced the cancellation of the event out of safety concerns.

Additional COVID-19 restrictions limited the use of nearly 240 work release prisoners and required social distancing for field operations engaged in litter control performed by MoDOT staff.

These factors have contributed to a marked increase in trash along Missouri’s highways.

“Keeping Missouri’s highways clean is a shared responsibility between MoDOT, those who use our roadways and many of the volunteers who help every year to make a difference in how this great state looks to the travelling public,” said Becky Allmeroth, chief safety and operations officer. “The Trash Bash is a great opportunity for students, civic groups and those looking to receive community service credit while they beautify their community. Over the years, our volunteers have made this program a success.”

This year’s No MOre Trash! Bash kickoff will include virtual events with Adopt-A-Highway volunteers, students and community groups interested in participating in roadside trash pickup.

Trash bags and safety vests will be provided to groups engaged in litter pickup.

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