Annual Trash Bash improves St. Louis area water quality, neighborhoods

ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) – Trash Bash is improving neighborhoods, water quality, and wildlife habitat in the St. Louis area.

Great Rivers Greenway Angie Weber and Anne Milford are excited for the 14th annual River des Peres Trash Bash that will take place Saturday, Oct. 22, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Volunteers of all ages are needed to clean litter and trash from several sites within the River des Peres watershed, including: Gravois Creek, Deer Creek, Engelholm Creek, McKenzie Creek, River des Peres,and the Mississippi River.

Volunteers can choose from three starting locations for check-in between 8-8:45 a.m.:

1. Willmore Park, located at 7200 Hampton Avenue on the east side of the River des Peres and just north of the intersection of Hampton and Gravois Avenues in St. Louis City

2. The Heman Park Community Center, located at 975 Pennsylvania in University City

3. The University of Missouri-St. Louis Urban Ecology Trailer, located at the South Campus on East Drive.

Cleanup will run from 9 a.m. to noon. At noon, participants will gather at Willmore Park for a celebration and free lunch.

Prizes will be awarded to volunteers who find the weirdest, biggest, and most expensive trash that morning at the lunch.

Volunteers at the 2015 Trash Bash removed over 15 tons of debris from rivers and creeks within the River des Peres Watershed.

All are welcome, and no experience is required.

Volunteers should dress for the weather and bring a water bottle and gloves.

Visit www.riverdesperes.org or call the River des Peres Watershed Coalition at 314-503-1919 or 314-603-8834

14th annual River des Peres Trash Bash
Saturday, Oct. 22
8 a.m. to 2 p.m.