Conservation Connection: 5th Annual Confluence Trash Bash
(KPLR) – Trash is a big problem on our rivers, waterways, and areas surrounding them. But each March, over a thousand concerned citizens get together to do something about it. It’s the Annual Confluence Trash Bash! Colleen Scott with the Missouri Department of Conservation joins us today to talk about the event.
Q. What is the Confluence Trash Bash?
- Large-scale annual litter clean-up event that takes place at several locations in the Confluence area
- It’s one of the largest clean-up efforts in the whole region
- MDC partners with many other organizations to help put on the event, including Metropolitan Sewer District, Great Rivers Greenway, Trailnet, Missouri American Water, and many others
- We’re looking for volunteers to help out, join the fun and make a difference!
- We typically have over 1,000 people show up and have picked up more than 20 tons of trash in the past
Q. When and where is it happening this year?
- Next Saturday, March 23, starting at 8:30 a.m.
- Volunteers can meet at either:
- The Old Chain of Rocks Bridge
- Creve Coeur Park
- St. Ferdinand Park in Florissant
- Chouteau Township in Granite City
Q. How can our viewers get involved?
- Register in advance
- Go to MSD’s website: StLMSD.com
- Search keywords “clean up”
- Follow the registration link for Confluence Trash Bash
Q. How does the event work?
- Volunteers receive a free T-shirt, trash bag and gloves
- From the starting points, they spread out to nearby clean-up sites to pick up trash
- Afterwards, everyone meets back at the starting point for a celebration and free lunch
- There will also be awards presented to volunteers in categories for collecting the Weirdest Trash, Largest Trash, and Most Expensive Trash
Q. What are some of the oddest things you’ve seen picked up?
- Lots of tires
- Household appliances
- Prosthetic leg
Q. Any advice for those who want to help out?
- Be sure to come dressed for the weather
- Get ready to get a little dirty
- Have fun!