March 5 is deadline for school “No MOre Trash!” can contest

JEFFERSON CITY Mo – Missouri elementary, middle and home schools K-8 have until March 5 to submit entries for the 2012 “Yes You CAN Make Missouri Litter-Free” trash-can-decorating contest. The annual contest is sponsored by the Missouri departments of Conservation and Transportation as part of the state’s “No MOre Trash!” campaign to raise awareness about Missouri's litter problem and to discourage littering.

The contest encourages school classes and groups to join in the fight against litter by decorating and displaying a large trash can with the “No MOre Trash!” logo and a litter-prevention message using a variety of creative media. Schools may submit one entry in each competition category: K-2, 3-5 and 6-8. First-place winners from each competition category receive $200 awarded to sponsoring schools. First-place winners are then eligible for a grand prize trophy and $600 award given to the sponsoring school.

There is no entry fee for the contest. Participating school groups must email a completed entry form and up to three photos of the completed trash can to nomoretrash@mdc.mo.gov. Email submissions are required.

Contest rules, entry forms, the “No MOre Trash!” logo, past contest winners, facts on litter and educational information are available at www.nomoretrash.org.