Our Opinion: Spring cleanup on a statewide scale

Spring cleanup is among the chores better to have done than to do.

Although the task may be enormous, the results are gratifying.

When it comes to cleaning up our communities, roadways, parks, rivers and streams, many hands lighten the load.

In keeping with that philosophy, the Missouri departments of Conservation and Transportation again this year are inviting people to participate in the “No MOre Trash! Bash.”

The statewide event continues through the month of April.

Last year’s cleanup attracted 1,000 groups totaling more than 21,000 volunteers who collected in excess of 128,000 bags of litter, according to the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT).

In addition, educational efforts were conducted at schools, community events, Earth Day celebrations and rest areas.

“It’s time to get outside, get the litter picked up, and make our state beautiful this spring,” said Stacy Armstrong, MoDOT roadside management specialist. “The trash bash is a great way to get organized and actually make a difference.”

Conservation officials point out litter can be lethal to wildlife.

Birds, fish, turtles, and other animals can get tangled in plastic six-pack holders and fishing line, the agency reports, adding littering is punishable by fines up to $1,000 and up to a year in jail.

Missourians are invited to take part in this year’s activities. To learn more or to sign up, visit www.nomoretrash.org or call 888-ASK-MoDOT (275-6636).

The greater the participation, the sooner the chore will be complete for all Missourians, and our visitors, to enjoy.

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