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St. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX/AP) - Here’s an example of how you can save yourself some money because it involves your tax dollars at work.

Ever notice the amount of litter along the sides of highways or maybe you’ve seen that beer bottle flying out of the passenger window of a car or truck?

The price tag for cleaning up the cans, bottles, fast food wrapped and boxes along with other assorted litter is costing the state about five-million dollars a year.

And the Missouri Conservation Department spends another million picking up litter in the state’s forests, conservation areas and river access.

To bring attention to the problem, the Missouri departments of transportation and conservation are holding their annual No More Trash! effort, which runs through the month of April.

Spokesman Dan Zarlenga says the agency writes hundreds of tickets a year to litterbugs and now they’re looking for volunteers to help pick up trash this month and. they are asking Missourians not to litter in the first place.

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