Volunteers help clean up trash along I-70 in St. Peters - KMOV.com

Volunteers help clean up trash along I-70 in St. Peters

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Two weeks ago News 4 and KMOV.com did a story about trash piling up along Interstate 70 in St. Peters, Missouri.  Residents were complaining about the litter alongside the popular highway and how nothing was being done about it.

Until now.

The St. Peters police department saw our story and spearheaded a volunteer effort to help clean up the trash.  Roughly 40 volunteers met Saturday morning at 8 am and picked up trash for over an hour. 

“I think it’s really encouraging,” volunteer Joseph Vera Martinez said. “It’s nice to see people are taking pride in their community and willing to do something to help out.”

Volunteers say they found a little bit of everything along the interstate.  From cigarette butts to water bottles to blades to a circular saw, they cleaned it all up.  They just wish they didn’t have to be out here to do this.

“It’s a shame people don’t take their garbage home and put it in the (trash can),” Vera Martinez said.

“When we first came out here we didn’t think there was a whole lot of trash but when you really get in it and dig in the ditch it’s amazing how many bags we’re filling up,” Matt Jones said.

MoDot gave the volunteers 100 large bags to fill with trash.  By the end of the morning every single bag had been filled to the top. 

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