Volunteers clean up litter before it becomes a problem

9 months 2 weeks 2 hours ago Sunday, February 25 2018 Feb 25, 2018 Sunday, February 25, 2018 2:59:00 PM CST February 25, 2018 in News
By: Ian Nickens, KOMU 8 Reporter
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COLUMBIA – Missouri River Relief hit the road Sunday to clean litter off the streets in order to keep it out of the river. Spring is coming, and with it the possibility of heavy rainfall, which could make a big mess even bigger.

"We're just about to get our spring rains coming in, so all the trash that's collected along our roads is going to end up washing into creeks and streams, down into storm drains and all that stuff ends up eventually moving into the Missouri River and then the ocean," Missouri River Relief Program Manager Steve Schnarr said. "Right here is where we can stop that.

Volunteers walked through the Old Plank and Smith Hatchery area, an area with no road shoulders, and picked up whatever trash they could find. Schnarr says he thinks most of the trash comes from people who throw it out of their car windows. One volunteer says people need to be more responsible for the messes they make.

"If you're used to your mom picking up after you, a custodian picking up after you, there's no societal pressure to pick up after yourself, or maybe even that altruism, or, it's not an altruism, that habit of picking up after others, you don't see the value to yourself of it, then you don't get in the habit of it," Volunteer David Owens said.

Some of the things that end up laying on the side of the road can be surprising. Here are some of the things the Missouri River Relief volunteers found:

-A syringe

-A needle used for tattoos

-A scooter

-A George Foreman grill

-A heater

-A U.S. passport

This was the first cleanup of the season, so all of the trash on the road had been building up for a while. Volunteers managed to fill several trash bags with garbage, but they also managed to fill several bags with recyclable stuff. 

"A lot of the stuff we find along the road is recyclable," Schnarr said. "It's beer cans, it's plastic water bottles and soda bottles, so we'd feel bad about throwing all of that stuff away, it's actually in pretty good condition."

Missouri River Relief cleanups can attract anywhere between a handful and couple hundred volunteers. The river road cleanup had around 40 people in attendance. Owens says part of the reason the volunteers show up is because it's good work.

"We like our environment, we like the social interaction, it makes us feel good to look back and see a place where we habit and looking better for our efforts and to have done it with others," Owens said.

The next big cleanup event Missouri River Relief has planned is at the mouth of the Osage River, right where the Osage joins the Missouri on April 7.

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