No More Trash http://m.mdc.mo.gov/feeds/nomoretrash/rss.xml/924 No More Trash en Volunteers needed to Bash Trash at Cape LaCroix Creek http://m.mdc.mo.gov/newsroom/volunteers-needed-bash-trash-cape-lacroix-creek <div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-author-alt"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Written By:&nbsp;</div> Candice Davis </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This year’s event is scheduled for April 26. Registration is requested.</p> </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p><strong>CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. –</strong> Tires, washing machines, and smaller items have been pulled out of Cape LaCroix Creek in Cape Girardeau over the years as part of the annual Missouri Department of Conservation’s Bashin’ Trash event that partners with the Cape Girardeau Parks and Recreation Department’s Park Day.</p> <p>This year’s event is scheduled for Saturday, April 26, from 9 a.m. to noon. Sara Turner, Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center manager, said she wonders each year what the group might find in the creek.</p> <p>“The items have progressively gotten smaller over the years, which tells me we’re making a real difference,” Turner said.</p> <p>According to Turner, additional hands are needed to help gather trash out of and from around the creek between Walden Park and Shawnee Sports Complex.</p> <p>“This creek runs along a portion of our recreational trail throughout the city and it’s important to put in the effort needed to keep it as a pristine creek for our own use, and also for the wildlife within the city that need it,” Turner said.</p> <p>Turner said this is a fun annual event that also brings groups together in the outdoors.</p> <p>“There’s a lot of satisfaction to be had in improving and helping something in nature,” she said. “This is a great opportunity to teach children and grandchildren about contributing to nature.”</p> <p>Turner said volunteers should register for this event by calling (573) 290-5218 becuse lunch and t-shirts will be provided to volunteers.</p> <p>The group will meet at the 4-H Shelter in Arena Park to divide and conquer the area. Trash bags and gloves will be provided to volunteers. For more information on this or other stewardship and conservation opportunities <a href="visit www.mdc.mo.gov">visit www.mdc.mo.gov</a>, and click on the events tab.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-key-messages"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> <h3> Key Messages:&nbsp; </h3></div> <p> Missourians care about conserving forests, fish and wildlife. </p> </div> </div> </div> http://m.mdc.mo.gov/newsroom/volunteers-needed-bash-trash-cape-lacroix-creek#comments General Info Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center No MOre Trash! Southeast Wed, 02 Apr 2014 16:55:13 +0000 jerekj 27669 at http://m.mdc.mo.gov Schools trash litter while having fun through No MOre Trash! contest http://m.mdc.mo.gov/newsroom/schools-trash-litter-while-having-fun-through-no-more-trash-contest <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-bio-reference"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Written By:&nbsp;</div> Joe Jerek </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Congratulations to Ozarks Christian Academy, Smithville Primary Elementary School, and Glasgow R-2!</p> </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p><strong>JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. –</strong> Ozarks Christian Academy, Smithville Primary Elementary School, and Glasgow R-2 were winners of the 2014 “Yes You CAN Make Missouri Litter Free” trashcan-decorating contest. They were among 29 entries from Missouri elementary, middle, and home schools involving more than 360 students who helped fight litter by participating in the annual contest.</p> <p>The Missouri Departments of Conservation (MDC) and Transportation (MoDOT) sponsor the contest as part of Missouri’s “No MOre Trash!” campaign to raise awareness about litter and discourage littering. The contest encourages classes from kindergarten through eighth grade to join the fight against litter by decorating and displaying a large trash can with the “No MOre Trash!” logo and a litter prevention message using a variety of creative mediums.</p> <p>The winning school from each of three competition categories (grades K-2, grades 3-5, and grades 6-8) receives a $200 award. First-place winners are then eligible for a $600 grand prize and a trophy. Entries are judged by a group of creative staff and No MOreTrash! staff at MDC and MoDOT.</p> <p><strong>Ozarks Christian Academy in West Plains won the 3-5-Grade Category and Grand Prize for its “Get a Heart… Recycle! Tin Man” entry created by 11 grammar school students of teachers Angela Littlejohn and Denise Estes.</strong></p> <p>According to their entry, “The spring play at Ozarks Christian Academy in West Plains is The Wizard of Oz. The students decided to keep with that theme and do a Tin Man trashcan. Since the Tin Man in The Wizard of Oz is longing for a heart, they decided ‘Get a Heart...Recycle!’ was a perfect logo for their Trash Can Tin Man. He has been placed in the cafeteria and will encourage and remind students and faculty to recycle plastic drink bottles and soda cans that have been going into the regular trash until now. The Tin Man is made of recycled tin cans, a large water cooler bottle, and a playground ball that was ready for retirement. The students had a lot of fun and creativity flowed as they figured out how to make the eyes, nose, mouth, bow tie, ax, and even his oil can. The teachers helped with the spray paint and the actual hot glue gun as the students assembled their Tin Man. He is a cheery and very useful addition to OCA!”</p> <p><strong>Smithville Primary Elementary School won the K-2-Grade Category for its “Save a Critter, Please Don’t Litter” entry created by seven students in Girl Scout Troop 1919 of teacher Sara Freeman.</strong></p> <p>According to their entry of a large rabbit, “This contest is our culminating project for our journey ‘Between Earth and Sky’ where we learn to care for the environment, plants, and animals. We decorated our trash can using paint, chicken wire and tissue-paper pomps, felt, foam, and a balloon for the tail. The girls decided to name the rabbit Cutie.”</p> <p><strong>Glasgow R-2 won the 6-8-Grade Category for its “Missouri Can’t Bear Any Trash (but this bear can)” entry created by 19 students in teacher Jill Flinn’s sixth grade art class.</strong></p> <p>According to their entry of a large bear, "Grizzly the Garbage Gobbler just stepped off the Missouri State Flag to join in the Litter Pledge. Students worked for weeks during and after school to complete their reclaimed chicken wire sculpture surrounding a 30-gallon trash can. Thousands of recyclable plastic bags were brought in by students, faculty, and staff. These bags were used to create his thick, textural coat. Having a bear in the school has generated much interest. All of the students are thrilled to throw away their trash in a proper place, especially since they're feeding a grizzly -- safely!”</p> <p><strong>All entries, including participating schools, groups, and images, are available online at <a href="http://www.nomoretrash.org/trash-can-contest">nomoretrash.org/trash-can-contest</a>.</strong></p> <h3><span></span></h3> <h3><span><strong>Bash Trash in April!</strong></span></h3> <p>All Missourians can help clean up litter through the annual No MOre Trash! April Trash Bash. The month-long event encourages schools, individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities to pick up litter, educate others about litter, conduct litter-free activities and encourage friends and families to participate. For more information, visit <a href="http://www.nomoretrash.org/trash-bash">nomoretrash.org/trash-bash</a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-key-messages"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> <h3> Key Messages:&nbsp; </h3></div> <p> Missourians care about conserving forests, fish and wildlife. </p> </div> </div> </div> http://m.mdc.mo.gov/newsroom/schools-trash-litter-while-having-fun-through-no-more-trash-contest#comments Education No MOre Trash! Statewide Mon, 31 Mar 2014 19:20:15 +0000 jerekj 27643 at http://m.mdc.mo.gov Bash Trash in April with MDC and MoDOT Annual Trash Bash http://m.mdc.mo.gov/newsroom/bash-trash-april-mdc-and-modot-annual-trash-bash-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-author-alt"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Written By:&nbsp;</div> MDC and MoDOT </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Do spring cleaning outdoors and help fight litter through annual No MOre Trash! Bash during April.</p> </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p><strong>JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. –</strong> Missourians from every corner of the state are asked to do spring cleaning outdoors and help fight litter through the state’s annual No MOre Trash! Bash throughout the month of April. The Trash Bash is sponsored by the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) as part of their ongoing No MOre Trash! statewide anti-litter campaign.</p> <p>The annual Trash Bash encourages people to clean up litter all across Missouri, from roadsides, parks, neighborhoods, rivers, streams, trails, and other places. Trash Bash activities in April also include educational efforts in schools, through community events, Earth Day celebrations, media promotions, and more.</p> <p>Programs such as the Trash Bash, Adopt-A-Highway, and Stream Teams help offset the cost of litter clean up and allow MoDOT and MDC to devote resources to other much needed tasks. In 2012, Missouri Stream Team Program volunteers removed 689 tons of litter from waterways and dedicated over $3 million dollars’ worth of volunteer time to litter removal statewide. Annual volunteer efforts to pick up trash on Missouri highways are valued at $1.5 million.</p> <p>“Litter is a big problem because it’s unattractive, costly, and harmful to the environment,” said Stacy Armstrong, MoDOT No MOre Trash! coordinator. “If more people would keep their trash and properly dispose of it, or, better yet, recycle it, we would reduce the amount of litter we need to pick up in the first place.”</p> <p>Littering isn’t just ugly, it also hurts wildlife and Missouri outdoors.</p> <p>“Birds, fish, turtles, and other animals get tangled in litter, such as plastic six-pack holders and fishing line, and it can kill them," said Conservation Department No MOre Trash! Coordinator Joe Jerek. "Litter poisons fish, birds and other wildlife, and can cost a litterer up to $1,000 in fines and one year in jail.”</p> <p><strong>Volunteers are needed across the state to participate in litter cleanup activities. Participants can report their cleanup efforts and will receive a thank you No MOre Trash! pin specially designed to commemorate the 30th birthday of the campaign mascot Peanut the Turtle.</strong></p> <p>Peanut is a living example of how litter can affect wildlife. When young, the turtle crawled into a plastic six-pack ring that someone had thrown on the ground instead of a trashcan. The ring got hung on her shell. Eventually, her shell grew but the ring stayed on giving her the shape of a peanut. She was found and taken to the St. Louis Zoo where the ring was cut off. She has lived with the Missouri Department of Conservation since 1993.</p> <p><strong>For more information and to learn how to participate, visit <a href="http://www.nomoretrash.org">nomoretrash.org</a> or call 1-888-ASK-MODOT (1-888-275-6636).</strong></p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-key-messages"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> <h3> Key Messages:&nbsp; </h3></div> <p> We work with you and for you to sustain healthy forests, fish and wildlife. </p> </div> </div> </div> http://m.mdc.mo.gov/newsroom/bash-trash-april-mdc-and-modot-annual-trash-bash-0#comments General Info No MOre Trash! Statewide Fri, 21 Mar 2014 20:07:48 +0000 jerekj 27533 at http://m.mdc.mo.gov March 14 deadline for schools to can litter through trash-can contest http://m.mdc.mo.gov/newsroom/march-14-deadline-schools-can-litter-through-trash-can-contest <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-bio-reference"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Written By:&nbsp;</div> Joe Jerek </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>MDC and MoDOT sponsor annual “Yes You CAN Make Missouri Litter Free” trash-can contest.</p> </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p><strong>JEFFERSON CITY, Mo </strong>– Missouri elementary, middle and home-school students K-8 have until March 14 to participate in the 2014 “Yes You CAN Make Missouri Litter-Free” trash-can-decorating contest. The annual trash-can contest encourages school classes and groups to join in the fight against litter by decorating and displaying a large trash can with the “No MOre Trash!” logo and a litter-prevention message using a variety of creative media.</p> <p>Sponsored by the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT), the contest is part of the state’s “No MOre Trash!” (NMT) statewide litter campaign. This partnership between MDC and MoDOT, along with thousands of volunteers, is working to prevent and reduce litter in Missouri through education, prevention, and cleanup activities.</p> <p>Schools may submit one entry in each competition category: K-2, 3-5 and 6-8. Entries are judged based on creativity, adherence to contest rules and effective use of theme and logo. First-place winners from each competition category receive $200 awarded to the sponsoring schools. All first-place winners are then eligible for a grand prize of a trophy and $600 awarded to the sponsoring school.</p> <p>There is no entry fee for the contest. Participating school groups must submit a completed entry form online and up to three photos to <a href="http://www.nomoretrash.org">www.nomoretrash.org</a> by March 14. Contest rules, entry forms, logo, past contest entries and winners, and educational information can also be found at <a href="http://www.nomoretrash.org">www.nomoretrash.org</a>.</p> <p>Littering is illegal in Missouri and can result in a fine of up to $1,000 and one year in jail.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-key-messages"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> <h3> Key Messages:&nbsp; </h3></div> <p> We work with you and for you to sustain healthy forests, fish and wildlife. </p> </div> </div> </div> http://m.mdc.mo.gov/newsroom/march-14-deadline-schools-can-litter-through-trash-can-contest#comments Education No MOre Trash! Statewide Thu, 13 Feb 2014 20:16:30 +0000 jerekj 27029 at http://m.mdc.mo.gov Schools invited to fight litter through “No MOre Trash!” contest http://m.mdc.mo.gov/newsroom/schools-invited-fight-litter-through-no-more-trash-contest-1 <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-bio-reference"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Written By:&nbsp;</div> Joe Jerek </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>MDC and MoDOT sponsor “Yes You CAN Make Missouri Litter Free” trash-can contest.</p> </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p><strong>JEFFERSON CITY, Mo –</strong> Missouri public, private and home-school students in grades K-8 are invited to help in the fight against litter in the Show-Me State -- and to have creative and educational fun -- by participating in the 2014 “Yes You CAN Make Missouri Litter-Free” trash-can-decorating contest.</p> <p>The annual trash-can contest encourages school classes and groups to join in the fight against litter by decorating and displaying a large trash can with the “No MOre Trash!” logo and a litter-prevention message using a variety of creative media.</p> <p>The annual contest is sponsored by the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) as part of the state’s “No MOre Trash!” (NMT) statewide litter campaign. This partnership between MDC and MoDOT, along with thousands of volunteers, is working to prevent and reduce litter in Missouri through education, prevention, and cleanup activities.</p> <p>“In addition to teaching kids about how litter hurts them, their communities, and their environment, the contest gives students an opportunity to help prevent littering by creating and providing a trash can with the No MOre Trash! message in their schools or communities,” says MoDOT NMT Coordinator Stacy Armstrong.</p> <p>Schools may submit one entry in each competition category: K-2, 3-5 and 6-8. Entries are judged based on creativity, adherence to contest rules and effective use of theme and logo. First-place winners from each competition category receive $200 awarded to the sponsoring schools. All first-place winners are then eligible for a grand prize of a trophy and $600 awarded to the sponsoring school.</p> <p><strong>There is no entry fee for the contest. Participating school groups must submit a completed entry form online and up to three photos to <a href="http://www.nomoretrash.org">nomoretrash.org</a> by March 14. Contest rules, entry forms, logo, past contest entries and winners, and educational information can also be found at </strong><a href="http://www.nomoretrash.org"><strong>nomoretrash.org</strong></a><strong>.</strong></p> <p>Southwest Livingston County R-1, Littlejohn Homeschool in West Plains and Cowgill R-VI Elementary were winners of the 2013 contest. They were among 18 Missouri elementary and middle schools and almost 200 students who helped fight litter by participating in the annual contest.</p> <p>Marj Locker’s 7th Grade Art Class at Southwest Livingston County R-1 won the grade 6-8 category, and the grand prize with their entry, “Give Trash the Boot-Recycle!” The 14 students created a cowboy boot around a trash can.</p> <p>Angela Littlejohn’s Siblings Class at Littlejohn Homeschool in West Plains won the grade 3-5 category with their Transformers-themed entry, “Transform and Roll Out Trash!”</p> <p>Erin Brister’s Kindergarten/1st Grade Class at Cowgill R-VI Elementary won the grade K-2 category with their Dr. Seuss-themed entry, “Lorax Says No MOre Trash.”</p> <p>According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the average American generates 4.3 pounds of solid waste per day. Based on this average and the state’s population of approximately six million people, Missouri accounts for more than 25 million pounds of garbage in one day – more than nine billion pounds of trash per year.</p> <p>“A great deal of that trash shows up on the Show-Me State’s roadsides, natural areas and waterways,” says MDC NMT Coordinator Joe Jerek. “Litter harms water quality and plant health, degrades natural areas and hurts wildlife. Litter poses health risks and creates roadway and waterway safety hazards. It hurts property values, housing prices, landscape appearance, and our overall quality of life.”</p> <p>Littering is illegal in Missouri and can result in a fine of up to $1,000 and one year in jail.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-key-messages"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> <h3> Key Messages:&nbsp; </h3></div> <p> We work with you and for you to sustain healthy forests, fish and wildlife. </p> </div> </div> </div> http://m.mdc.mo.gov/newsroom/schools-invited-fight-litter-through-no-more-trash-contest-1#comments Education No MOre Trash! Statewide Fri, 13 Dec 2013 14:59:29 +0000 jerekj 25669 at http://m.mdc.mo.gov Still time for schools to fight litter through No MOre Trash! contest http://m.mdc.mo.gov/newsroom/still-time-schools-fight-litter-through-no-more-trash-contest <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-bio-reference"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Written By:&nbsp;</div> Joe Jerek </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>More info on trashcan contest at www.nomoretrash.org.</p> </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p><strong>JEFFERSON CITY, Mo –</strong> Missouri elementary, middle and home-school students have until March 8 to participate in the 2013 “Yes You CAN Make Missouri Litter-Free” trash-can-decorating contest. The annual contest is sponsored by the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) as part of the state’s “No MOre Trash!” (NMT) statewide litter prevention campaign.</p> <p>The trash-can contest encourages school classes and groups to join in the fight against litter by decorating and displaying a large trash can with the “No MOre Trash!” logo and a litter-prevention message using a variety of creative media. Schools may submit one entry in each competition category: K-2, 3-5 and 6-8. Entries are judged based on creativity, adherence to contest rules and effective use of theme and logo.</p> <p>There is no entry fee for the contest. Participating school groups must submit a completed entry form online with up to three photos to <a href="http://www.nomoretrash.org">www.nomoretrash.org</a> by March 8. Contest rules, entry forms, logo, past contest entries and winners, and educational information can also be found at <a href="http://www.nomoretrash.org">www.nomoretrash.org</a>.</p> <p>First-place winners from each competition category receive $200 awarded to the sponsoring schools. All first-place winners are then eligible for a grand prize of a trophy and $600 awarded to the sponsoring school.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-key-messages"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> <h3> Key Messages:&nbsp; </h3></div> <p> Missourians care about conserving forests, fish and wildlife. </p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-external-links"> <div class="field-label">External Links:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/external/no-more-trash">No MOre Trash!</a> </div> </div> </div> http://m.mdc.mo.gov/newsroom/still-time-schools-fight-litter-through-no-more-trash-contest#comments Education No MOre Trash! Statewide Mon, 04 Feb 2013 21:11:23 +0000 jerekj 20649 at http://m.mdc.mo.gov Schools invited to fight litter through “No MOre Trash!” contest http://m.mdc.mo.gov/newsroom/schools-invited-fight-litter-through-no-more-trash-contest-0 <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-bio-reference"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Written By:&nbsp;</div> Joe Jerek </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>MDC and MoDOT sponsor “Yes You CAN Make Missouri Litter Free” trash-can contest.</p> </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p><strong>JEFFERSON CITY, Mo –</strong> Missouri elementary, middle and home school students K-8 are invited to help in the fight against litter in the Show-Me State -- and to have creative and educational fun -- by participating in the 2013 “Yes You CAN Make Missouri Litter-Free” trash-can-decorating contest.</p> <p>The annual contest is sponsored by the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) as part of the state’s “No MOre Trash!” (NMT) statewide litter campaign. This partnership between MDC and MoDOT, along with thousands of volunteers, is working to prevent and reduce litter in Missouri through education, prevention and cleanup activities.</p> <p>The trash-can contest encourages school classes and groups to join in the fight against litter by decorating and displaying a large trash can with the “No MOre Trash!” logo and a litter-prevention message using a variety of creative media.</p> <p>“In addition to teaching kids about how litter hurts them, their communities and their environment, the contest gives students an opportunity to help prevent littering by creating and providing a trash can with the No MOre Trash! message in their schools or communities,” says MoDOT NMT Coordinator Stacy Armstrong.</p> <p>Schools may submit one entry in each competition category: K-2, 3-5 and 6-8. Entries are judged based on creativity, adherence to contest rules and effective use of theme and logo. First-place winners from each competition category receive $200 awarded to the sponsoring schools. All first-place winners are then eligible for a grand prize of a trophy and $600 awarded to the sponsoring school.</p> <p>There is no entry fee for the contest. Participating school groups must submit a completed entry form online and up to three photos to <a href="http://www.nomoretrash.org">nomoretrash.org</a> by March 8. Contest rules, entry forms, logo, past contest entries and winners, and educational information can also be found at <a href="http://www.nomoretrash.org">nomoretrash.org</a>.</p> <p>According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the average American generates 4.3 pounds of solid waste per day. Based on this average and the state’s population of approximately six million people, Missouri accounts for more than 25 million pounds of garbage in one day – more than nine billion pounds of trash per year.</p> <p>“A great deal of that trash shows up on the Show-Me State’s roadsides, natural areas and waterways,” says MDC NMT Coordinator Joe Jerek. “Litter harms water quality and plant health, degrades natural areas and hurts wildlife. Litter poses health risks and creates roadway and waterway safety hazards. It hurts property values, housing prices, landscape appearance and our overall quality of life.”</p> <p>Littering is illegal in Missouri and can result in a fine of up to $1,000 and one year in jail.</p> <p>The Missouri Department of Conservation protects and manages the state’s forest, fish and wildlife resources. MDC also facilitates and provides opportunities for all citizens to use, enjoy and learn about these resources.</p> <p>The Missouri Department of Transportation works with the public, transportation partners, state and federal legislators and other state and local agencies to provide a safe and efficient transportation system to the people of Missouri.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-key-messages"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> <h3> Key Messages:&nbsp; </h3></div> <p> We work with you and for you to sustain healthy forests, fish and wildlife. </p> </div> </div> </div> http://m.mdc.mo.gov/newsroom/schools-invited-fight-litter-through-no-more-trash-contest-0#comments Education No MOre Trash! Statewide Mon, 17 Dec 2012 16:00:06 +0000 jerekj 20133 at http://m.mdc.mo.gov Famous figure-8 turtle and No MOre Trash! mascot celebrates 29th birthday today http://m.mdc.mo.gov/newsroom/famous-figure-8-turtle-and-no-more-trash-mascot-celebrates-29th-birthday-today <div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-author-alt"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Written By:&nbsp;</div> Dan Zarlenga </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>No MOre Trash! Mascot Peanut is the red-eared slider found in 1993 with a plastic six-pack ring stuck around her body. This caused her shell to grow into the unusual figure-eight shape for which she was named.</p> </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p><strong>ST. LOUIS, Mo --</strong> She may be the most famous real turtle in the country, and certainly in Missouri! She’s Peanut the Turtle, the official mascot of The Missouri Departments’ of Conservation (MDC) and Transportation’s (MoDOT) No More Trash! campaign. And she’s having a birthday party today, Nov. 8, at MDC's August A. Busch Conservation Area in St. Charles from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. The event is free.</p> <p>Peanut is a native St. Louisan. She’s the red-eared slider who was found in 1993 in the St. Louis area with a plastic six-pack ring stuck around her body. This caused her shell to grow into the unusual figure-eight shape for which she was named. Currently residing at the Busch Conservation Area, she travels around Missouri, helping remind us to consider wildlife and put litter in its place. Peanut has been featured in numerous TV appearances, newspaper articles and makes an annual visit to the Missouri State Fair in Sedalia. With a figure like hers, she is definitely one-of-a-kind.</p> <p>For media and others, today’s celebration is an excellent opportunity to get video footage and photos of Peanut as we wish her a happy 29th birthday. It’s also a great way to thank Peanut for all she’s done to promote a clean environment.</p> <p>The party was organized by MDC Naturalist Matt Ormsby.</p> <p>“I decided to do a birthday party after working at the state fair and seeing how amazed young adults with families were after hearing that she was 28 years old,” said Ormsby. “Many of them remember seeing her when they were a kid at the state fair or at a school.”</p> <p>The event will include free refreshments and No More Trash-themed giveaways courtesy of MoDOT. For more information about Peanut’s birthday celebration, call 636-441-4554.</p> <p>If you can’t make it for the party, feel free to call and schedule a visit to see Peanut at your convenience. The August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area is located at 2360 Highway D in St. Charles.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-key-messages"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> <h3> Key Messages:&nbsp; </h3></div> <p> Missourians care about conserving forests, fish and wildlife. </p> </div> </div> </div> http://m.mdc.mo.gov/newsroom/famous-figure-8-turtle-and-no-more-trash-mascot-celebrates-29th-birthday-today#comments General Info No MOre Trash! St. Louis Thu, 08 Nov 2012 16:27:36 +0000 jerekj 19635 at http://m.mdc.mo.gov Schools trash litter through No MOre Trash! contest http://m.mdc.mo.gov/newsroom/schools-trash-litter-through-no-more-trash-contest-0 <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-bio-reference"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Written By:&nbsp;</div> Joe Jerek </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>OMS Green Team at Oakville Middle School wins contest grand prize.</p> </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p><strong>JEFFERSON CITY, Mo –</strong> Almost 285 students from 20 Missouri elementary and middle schools helped fight litter by participating in the 2012 “Yes You CAN Make Missouri Litter Free” trashcan-decorating contest.</p> <p>The annual contest is sponsored by the Missouri Departments of Conservation (MDC) and Transportation (MoDOT) as part of their ongoing “No MOre Trash!” campaign to raise awareness about litter and to discourage littering. The contest encourages classes from kindergarten through eighth grade to join the fight against litter by decorating and displaying a large trash can with the “No MOre Trash!” logo and a litter prevention message using a variety of creative mediums. The winning school from each of three competition categories (grades K-2, grades 3-5 and grades 6-8) receives a $200 award. First-place winners are then eligible for a $600 grand prize and a trophy.</p> <p><strong>The OMS Green Team of Oakville Middle School won first place in the grade 6-8 category and the grand prize.</strong></p> <p>The team’s theme was “Refresh the Earth” to encourage more recycling and less waste and trash in the school and lunch room. The theme was based around plastic bottles and encouraged students and staff to place empty plastic bottles in the large water-bottle-designed trashcan to be recycled. The entire design was made of used and recyclable materials. The 15 students began their campaign by holding a week-long water-bottle collection drive that resulted in hundreds of bottles brought in by students and staff to be used on the trashcan and recycled. The plastic-bottle trashcan is displayed in the front entrance of the school.</p> <p><strong>The Elementary Student Council of S.M Rissler Elementary School won first place for the grade 3-5 category.</strong></p> <p>The 12 students asked for input from all 400 students in the building and decided to create the character R2-D2 with their trash can to tie into the release of the Star Wars 3-D movie. The theme slogan was “Trash Creates A Disturbance In the Force!” The students used foil and construction paper from the Art Room scrap box to create the details. They used chicken wire to form the head, then covered it with foil paper and added details from scrap paper. For the legs, they salvaged scrap board from materials in the school maintenance shed. The boards were painted and then screwed to the trash can with help from a parent. They wanted R2-D2 to move, so they put the can on a set of casters. The students introduced R2-D2 to each classroom by wheeling him in and making noises the robot makes in the movies. The can will sit in the main lobby of the school in front of a space mural.</p> <p><strong>The El Dorado Springs Elementary School K-2 Gifted Class won first place for the grade K-2 category.</strong></p> <p>The class chose the theme “Don’t Litter, Save A Critter.” The trashcan ladybug was made from recycled newspapers wrapped around two broken hula hoop rings. The newspapers were then covered with recycled 3M paper, which is donated to the school each year. The kids used toilet paper rolls painted with donated paint for the legs and antennas. The spots on the ladybug were made from bottoms of two-liter soda bottles. The 30 gallon trash can, on which the bug was built, was a donated barrel from the local Dairi Concepts factory. The trashcan is on display in the school cafeteria.</p> <p><strong>Participating schools were:</strong></p> <p><strong>K-2 ENTRIES</strong></p> <ul> <li>Babler Elementary School (Wildwood, St. Louis County)</li> <li>Breckenridge Elementary School (Breckenridge, Caldwell County)</li> <li>Covel D Searcy Elementary School (Gallatin, Daviess County)</li> <li>Dewey Elementary School (Chillicothe, Livingston County)</li> <li>El Dorado Springs Elementary School (El Dorado Springs, Cedar County)</li> </ul> <p><strong>3-5 ENTRIES</strong></p> <ul> <li>Cathedral Basilica School of St. Louis (St. Louis, St. Louis County)</li> <li>El Dorado Springs Elementary School (El Dorado Springs, Cedar County)</li> <li>Jonesburg Elementary School (Jonesburg, Montgomery County)</li> <li>Lathrop Elementary School (Lathrop, Clinton County)</li> <li>Pleasant Hope Elementary School (Pleasant Hope, Polk County)</li> <li>S. M. Rissler Elementary School (Trenton, Grundy County)</li> </ul> <p><strong>6-8 ENTRIES</strong></p> <ul> <li>Alternative School for At Risk and Exceptional Child (Cedar Hill, Jefferson County)</li> <li>El Dorado Springs Middle School (El Dorado Springs, Cedar County)</li> <li>Fairfax R-3 (Fairfax, Atchison County)</li> <li>Fair Grove Schools (Fair Grove, Greene County)</li> <li>Festus Middle School (Festus, Jefferson County)</li> <li>Jefferson C-123 School (Jefferson City, Cole County)</li> <li>Oakville Middle School (St. Louis, St. Louis County)</li> <li>Osage Middle School (Lake Ozark, Camden &amp; Miller Counties)</li> <li>Perry Christian Academy (Perry, Ralls County)</li> <li>Southwest Livingston County R-1 (Ludlow, Livingston County)</li> <li>Visitation Academy (St. Louis, St. Louis County)</li> </ul> <p>Others can help clean up litter through Missouri’s annual No MOre Trash! April Trash Bash. The month-long event, sponsored by MDC and MoDOT, encourages schools, individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities to pick up litter, educate others about litter, conduct litter-free activities and encourage friends and families to participate. For more information, visit <a href="http://www.nomoretrash.org">nomoretrash.org</a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-key-messages"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> <h3> Key Messages:&nbsp; </h3></div> <p> Missourians care about conserving forests, fish and wildlife. </p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-external-links"> <div class="field-label">External Links:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/external/no-more-trash">No MOre Trash!</a> </div> </div> </div> http://m.mdc.mo.gov/newsroom/schools-trash-litter-through-no-more-trash-contest-0#comments Education No MOre Trash! Statewide Mon, 02 Apr 2012 21:39:57 +0000 jerekj 17442 at http://m.mdc.mo.gov Bash trash in Missouri with April Trash Bash! http://m.mdc.mo.gov/newsroom/bash-trash-missouri-april-trash-bash <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-bio-reference"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Written By:&nbsp;</div> Joe Jerek </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Visit nomoretrash.org for more information, to report efforts and for free lapel pins.</p> </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p><strong>JEFFERSON CITY Mo --</strong> Many signs of spring in Missouri are a welcome sight. Green shoots and flowering trees and bulbs promise warmer weather ahead. Unfortunately, other sights during spring aren't so welcome, such as litter along roads and highways, in our communities and in our outdoor spaces. Help fight litter through Missouri’s annual No MOre Trash! Bash in April.</p> <p>The Trash Bash is an annual event sponsored by the Missouri departments of Conservation (MDC) and Transportation (MoDOT) as part of their ongoing No MOre Trash! statewide anti-litter campaign. The agencies encourage people to clean up litter all across Missouri from roadsides, parks, neighborhoods, rivers, streams and other places. Trash Bash activities also include educational efforts in schools, at rest areas, community events, Earth Day celebrations, media promotions and more.</p> <p>"This is the&nbsp;tenth year of No MOre Trash! in Missouri," said Stacy Armstrong, MoDOT No MOre Trash! coordinator. “Through the years, hundreds of thousands of volunteers have picked up more than half a million bags of trash during April Trash Bashes. That's a lot of litter!"</p> <p>Last year, thousands of volunteers collected more than 157,000 bags of trash and many more truckloads of debris during the 2011 April Trash Bash. Volunteers included MoDOT and MDC employees, Adopt-A-Highway groups, Stream Teams, Scout troops, schools and community groups and others.</p> <p>Littering isn’t just ugly, it also hurts wildlife and Missouri outdoors.</p> <p>“Missourians care about conserving our forests, fish and wildlife,” said MDC No MOre Trash! Coordinator Joe Jerek. “Animals get tangled in litter, such as plastic six-pack holders and fishing line, and it hurts and kills them. Litter also poisons fish, birds and other wildlife, along with their habitats, such as streams.”</p> <p>Littering also costs money. Littering can cost a person up to $1,000 in fines and one year in jail. MoDOT spends more than $5 million each year cleaning litter from roadsides. MDC spends almost $1 million a year cleaning litter from conservation areas and other locations.</p> <p>Visit <a href="http://www.nomoretrash.org">nomoretrash.org</a> for more information, to report efforts and for free lapel pins.</p> <p>“Besides recognition, we all get some exercise, fresh air and a cleaner place to work, live and play,” Armstrong said.</p> http://m.mdc.mo.gov/newsroom/bash-trash-missouri-april-trash-bash#comments Your Property No MOre Trash! Statewide Spring Fri, 16 Mar 2012 14:31:27 +0000 jerekj 17187 at http://m.mdc.mo.gov