No More Trash http://conservation.mo.gov/feeds/nomoretrash/rss.xml/924 No More Trash en Southwest Livingston, Ross Elementary, and Schaible Homeschool win annual MDC and MoDOT "No MOre Trash!" trashcan contest http://conservation.mo.gov/newsroom/southwest-livingston-ross-elementary-and-schaible-homeschool-win-annual-mdc-and-modot-no-mo <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 annual contest encourages litter prevention and clean up among students.</p> </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p><strong>JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. –</strong> Southwest Livingston, Ross Elementary, and Schaible Homeschool were the winners of the 2015 "Yes You CAN Make Missouri Litter Free" trashcan-decorating contest. They were among 21 entries from Missouri elementary, middle, and home schools involving more than 240 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>Congratulations to Marj Locker's seventh grade art class at Southwest Livingston County R1 School in Ludlow who won the 6–8-Grade Category and the Grand Prize with their entry, "In Recycling We Trust."</strong></p> <p>The 14 students created a trash can featuring Ernie the Eagle made with real feathers, paper mache, acrylic paint, and construction paper. The front of the Ernie the Eagle has red, white and blue letters that say "In Recycling We Trust." The No More Trash! logo is on the back and tail feathers. The white feathers on the head are turkey feathers and the wings are made out of goose feathers from geese hunted in season by one of the students. The portal for trash is a flap in the back of the head that lifts.</p> <p>Locker wrote in her entry, "It is a touchable trash can that attracts a lot of attention!"</p> <p><strong>Congratulations to Girl Scout Troop Organizer Kass Stolzberg's kindergarten and first grade Daisies and second-grade Brownies at Ross Elementary School in St. Louis who won the K-2-Grade Category for their entry, "Girl Scouts Make the World a Better Place with No MOre Trash!"</strong></p> <p>The 18 students converted an empty 50-gallon plastic drum donated by Speedy's Car Wash into a custom trash can for the students at Ross Elementary. The decorated trash can will be displayed on the school campus to raise awareness and will be placed in high traffic areas to reduce litter. A single theme, "Make the World a Better Place with No MOre Trash!" was presented as a school-wide Girl Scout opportunity and successfully united numerous Girl Scout troops.</p> <p>"As part of the Girl Scout Law, we promise to do our best to make the world a better place, use resources wisely, and be a sister to every Girl Scout," wrote Stolzberg in her entry.</p> <p><strong>Congratulations to Jean Schaible's two fourth and fifth graders at Schaible Homeschool in Union who won the 3-5-Grade Category for their entry, "Littering Is For the Birds" featuring the Missouri State Bird the Eastern Bluebird.</strong></p> <p>The students highlighted the natural beauty of Missouri by depicting Eastern Bluebirds on their nest in a tree protecting their eggs. All items used were strictly thought of by the girls. The birds are made of balloons covered in orange and blue duct tape and blue foam craft paper. The eggs are egg carton cavities matched up and covered with blue duct tape. The nest was created using paper towel tubes, cut-up cardboard and paper grocery bags. Branches were cut out of cardboard with painted foil-shaped leaves attached. "Littering Is For the Birds" was made with yellow duct tape.</p> <p>"The girls enjoyed working together and are very happy to be participating in this contest," Schaible wrote in her entry. "All work was completed by the girls with the exception of spray painting the can. The photos were taken at our public library."</p> <p><strong>See images and information on all entries online at <a href="http://www.nomoretrash.org/trash-can-contest">nomoretrash.org/trash-can-contest</a>.</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Bash Trash in April!</strong><br />All Missourians can help clean up litter through the annual No MOre Trash! April Trash Bash sponsored by the Missouri Department of Conservation and the Missouri Department of Transportation. 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> Education No MOre Trash! Statewide Thu, 16 Apr 2015 14:56:33 +0000 jerekj 30554 at http://conservation.mo.gov MDC and MoDOT invite schools to fight litter through annual “No MOre Trash!” contest http://conservation.mo.gov/newsroom/mdc-and-modot-invite-schools-fight-litter-through-annual-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>Annual contest gives students opportunity to get creative in preventing littering.</p> </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p><strong>JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. –</strong> The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) invite Missouri public, private, and home-school students in grades K-8 to help fight litter in the Show-Me State -- and to have creative and educational fun -- by participating in the 2015 "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 MDC and 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>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://nomoretrash.org">nomoretrash.org </a>by Friday, March 13. Contest rules, entry forms, logo, past contest entries and winners, and educational information can also be found at <a href="http://nomoretrash.org">nomoretrash.org</a>.</p> <p>Ozarks Christian Academy in West Plains won last year's 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.</p> <p>Smithville Primary Elementary School won last year's 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.</p> <p>Glasgow R-2 won the 6-8-Grade Category last year 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.</p> <p>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>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 our 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. Littering is also 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> Missourians care about conserving forests, fish and wildlife. </p> </div> </div> </div> Education No MOre Trash! Statewide Wed, 17 Dec 2014 16:51:58 +0000 jerekj 29674 at http://conservation.mo.gov Volunteers needed to Bash Trash at Cape LaCroix Creek http://conservation.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://conservation.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://conservation.mo.gov Schools trash litter while having fun through No MOre Trash! contest http://conservation.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://conservation.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://conservation.mo.gov Bash Trash in April with MDC and MoDOT Annual Trash Bash http://conservation.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://conservation.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://conservation.mo.gov March 14 deadline for schools to can litter through trash-can contest http://conservation.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://conservation.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://conservation.mo.gov Schools invited to fight litter through “No MOre Trash!” contest http://conservation.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://conservation.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://conservation.mo.gov Still time for schools to fight litter through No MOre Trash! contest http://conservation.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://conservation.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://conservation.mo.gov Schools invited to fight litter through “No MOre Trash!” contest http://conservation.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://conservation.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://conservation.mo.gov Famous figure-8 turtle and No MOre Trash! mascot celebrates 29th birthday today http://conservation.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://conservation.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://conservation.mo.gov