ST. LOUIS (NEWS RELEASE) – Missouri River Relief hosted a community-based clean-up of trash from the banks of the Missouri River via motor boat on Saturday for the 10th St. Charles Missouri River Clean-up.
Volunteers boarded boats driven by Missouri River Relief Crew and the Missouri Department of Conservations at Blanchette Landing. The volunteers were shuttled to pre-scouted locations along the river where they picked up tons of trash.
There were 256 volunteers that removed 7.7 tons of trash, including 169 tires from a 9.5 mile stretch of Missouri River on both sides of the river banks. Some of the larger items included two refrigerators, three 200 gallon oil tanks, five five-gallon metal drums, 15 giant Styrofoam chunks and 1.28 tons of scrap metal.
Many families, school groups, teams of employees from area businesses, civic organizations and individuals participated in the effort. Some of the teams involved were Ameristar Casino, Mighty Stream Team 211, Tamil Sangam, Boeing, 1 Mississippi, BAML, REI, Shiloh Robotics, Bank of America and etc.
After the volunteers returned to the Blanchette Landing, they were treated to lunch and a “trash contest.” Volunteers won prizes based upon their odd or unique trash findings. Treasures included a message in a bottle, a fossil, a magic eight ball, a rubber duck and a matchbox car.