6th Annual Confluence Trash Bash

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(KPLR) - Everyone would love to see cleaner rivers and waterways.  This weekend, 1,000 concerned citizens are going to do something about it.  The 6th Annual Confluence Trash Bash is back this weekend!  

The Missouri Department of Conservation is one of the sponsors and Colleen Scott talked with John Fuller about the event and how you can get involved.

Q.  What is the Confluence Trash Bash?

  • It’s one of the largest clean-up efforts in the whole region
  • An annual litter clean-up event that takes place at several locations in the Confluence area
  • MDC is helping to sponsor the event, along with many other organizations . . . including Metropolitan Sewer District, Great Rivers Greenway, Trailnet, Missouri American Water, and others
  • We’re looking for volunteers to help out, join the fun and make a difference!
  • We typically have more than 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?

  • This Saturday, March 15, starting at 8:30 a.m., goes until noon
  • Volunteers can meet at either:
    • The Old Chain of Rocks Bridge
    • Creve Coeur Park
    • Bangert Park in Florissant
    • Bridgeton Municipal Athletic Complex


Q.  How can our viewers get involved?


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
  • Afterward, 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?

  • Prosthetic leg
  • Lots of tires
  • Household appliances


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!