It’s time to take out the trash.

The “No MOre Trash” trash can decorating contest is going on through March 15. The contest encourages Missouri students to decorate and display a large trash can to fight against littering.

MoDOT’s Natalie Roark said students in grades K-12 can decorate a large trash can with the No MOre Trash logo and a litter prevention message.

“Recycled materials is highly encouraged,” she said. “The theme this year for the contest is ‘yes you can make Missouri litter free.’”

No entry fee is required. Only entries submitted by Missouri schools and home schools will be accepted.

“We just really want to get out there and promote grassroots the importance of not littering and make every effort to educate as early as we can,” said Roark.

The school submitting the grand prize entry will receive $600 and a trophy. Schools may submit one entry in each category – grades K-2nd, 3rd-5th, 6th-8th, and 9th-12th.

“We’ve got to prevent the littering up front, and our workforces are out there cleaning up the roadways daily,” she said. “We can literally have one spot just clean pristine, and then the next day, there’s just litter all over it.”

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