More than 1,400 trash bags filled with approximately 12 tons of trash, more than 200 old tires and perhaps even an abandoned car - it will be trash to treasure along the St. Louis riverfront near the Gateway Arch on Sept. 20.
For the sixth consecutive year, Living Lands & Waters (LL&W) will join forces with Anheuser-Busch to help clean-up and beautify the banks of the Mississippi River. From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., more than 300 Anheuser-Busch employees and family members will volunteer their time to pick up litter along the St. Louis riverfront and plant native shrubs and spread mulch along the riverfront trail and the Jefferson Memorial Arch grounds. Many other local organizations will join Anheuser-Busch and LL&W, including the City of St. Louis, National Park Service, Operation Brightside, Missouri River Relief, Trailnet, Open Space Council, Downtown St. Louis Partnership, Grace Hill and Missouri Stream Team. In addition, many other companies and organizations have contributed resources to this effort, including local Anheuser-Busch wholesalers Grey Eagle Distributing, Krey Distributing, Lohr Distributing, H.W. Herrell Distributing; BJC Health Center; Wise Safety & Environmental and 106.5 The Arch.
LL&W crew will take volunteers by boat to different spots along the river to clean the shoreline. All of the litter collected from the cleanup will be placed on LL&W's barge to be later separated and recycled or taken to a landfill.