The Missouri Department of Conservation and the Missouri Department of Transportation encourage Missourians to clean up trash for the state’s No More Trash annual Trash Bash throughout April.
The Trash Bash is sponsored by MDC and MoDOT as part of the ongoing No MOre Trash! statewide anti-litter campaign. Volunteers are needed all around the state to clean up litter from roadsides, parks, neighborhoods, rivers, streams, trails, and other places.
Participants are encouraged to report cleanup efforts and will receive a No MOre Trash! thank-you pin specially designed to commemorate the 30th birthday of campaign mascot Peanut the Turtle. When young, the red-eared slider 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.
For more info on the April Trash Bash and how to participate, visit nomoretrash.org/trash-bash, or call 1-888-275-6636.
Pictured is Peanut the Turtle, currently located at the St. Louis Zoo. The red-eared slider crawled into the plastic six-pack ring that someone had thrown on the ground instead of the trash can. Peanut’s body continued to grow with the plastic ring around her body into the shape of a peanut. The turtle continues to live at the zoo and has been there since 1993.