MoDOT, DNR Kick Off Spring Cleaning Effort | St. Louis Public Radio

MoDOT, DNR Kick Off Spring Cleaning Effort

Apr 6, 2013

Chief of Police for St. Louis City, Sam Dotson (right), joins volunteers picking up trash on April 6, 2013.
Credit Tim Lloyd / St. Louis Public Radio

Now that the remnants of an early spring snow storm have melted away, the Missouri Department of Transportation and Department of Natural Resources kicked off an annual effort today aimed at cleaning up the state’s roadsides.  

“It is a true problem,” said Tom Blair, assistant district engineer for MoDOT in St. Louis.   “MoDOT alone spends $5 million a year picking up trash from our roadsides.”

With that in mind, volunteers across the state will help spruce up roadsides this month.

“Last year we picked up 130,000 trash bags during the month of April,” Blair said.  “We expect that we can pick up that many this year, if not more.”

More than 18,000 people participated in “No MOre Trash Bash” in 2012, and anyone interested in taking part in the effort this year can go here for more information.