The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT), community leaders and Adopt-A-Highway volunteers will all be participating in its annual No MOre Trash! Bash and hope to see volunteers come out and help with the effort.
Each year North St. Louis County locations are selected and this year the focus areas are spots surrounding Lambert St. Louis International Airport.
Kara Price, MoDOT's senior community relations specialist, said MoDOT will provide safety vests, gloves, litter pickers and trash bags. The only thing supporters need are comfortable walking shoes.
The goal of the annual No MOre Trash! Bash is to spread awareness of Missouri's litter problem and work toward a litter-free state.
"We need your help this year to help make Missouri more beautiful and keep it that way," Price said in an email. "Keeping litter off the roadways and out of the water is an important step in beautifying Missouri for another beautiful spring and summer."
Litter pickup will begin on Friday starting at 10 a.m., along Interstate 70 at Cypress near Lambert Airport. Participants will meet at 10 a.m., at Terminal 1's Cell Phone Lot, located east of the Cypress Road and Lambert-International Boulevard intersection.
Last year, more than 18,000 volunteers and other participants collected more than 157,000 bags of trash and tons of other debris throughout Missouri. Each year, MoDOT spends more than $5 million to clear litter along highways throughout the state, according to Price.
"MoDOT and the Missouri Department of Conservation wants to do more than just pick up trash by getting Missouri residents and tourists to stop littering," Price said. "Realize it is unhealthy and understand that it is against the law."
For more information and to RSVP, contact Kara Price, MoDOT Community Relations, at 314-453-1810.