Schools can help combat litter in Missouri with the annual No MOre Trash! Contest that encourages students to re-think litter and trash.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the average American generates about four pounds of trash each day. Some of that trash will end up on streets, roadsides, natural areas and waterways and harms fish, water quality and wildlife.
The contest is sponsored by the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and the Missouri Department of Transportation. Students enter a decorated trash can that will inspire others to properly dispose of trash. Schools can 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 and are then eligible for a grand prize of a trophy and $600. There is no entry fee. Applications and photos of decorated trash cans need to be submitted by Friday, March 15 to No More Trash.
“Missouri’s six million residents produce nearly 26 million pounds of garbage in one day. That’s more than nine billion pounds of trash per year,” said Joe Jerek, the No More Trash coordinator for the Missouri Department of Conservation.
Last year, the third grade class at Logan-Rogersville Elementary School in Rogersville, MO won in the Grades 3 – 5 category for their “Stache the Trash” can.
Photo: Logan-Rogersville Elementary School, Rogersville, MO