How to start plogging ?

Pogging Feb 25, 2024

Plogging originated in Sweden. The term “plogging” is a combination of the Swedish words “plocka upp” (meaning “pick up”) and “jogga” (meaning “jog”). Plogging involves jogging or running while picking up litter or trash along the way, combining exercise with environmental activism. The activity gained popularity globally as a way to promote fitness and environmental stewardship.

World Plogging Day | December 9

Starting plogging is a great way to combine fitness with environmental stewardship. Here are some steps to get started:

Understand what plogging is: Plogging is a combination of jogging (or walking) and picking up litter. The idea is to exercise while also cleaning up your community.

Find a location: Choose a route in your neighborhood, local park, beach, or any area where you can safely jog or walk. Look for places where litter tends to accumulate.

Gather supplies: You’ll need a few items to get started:

. Gloves: Protect your hands from picking up litter.

. Trash bags: Bring along one or more bags to collect the litter you find.

. Optional: A litter picker or tongs can be useful for picking up trash without bending over.

  1. Plan your route: Decide how far you want to jog or walk and plan your route accordingly. Be sure to choose a route where you can easily stop to pick up litter.
  2. Start plogging: Put on your running shoes, grab your supplies, and head out for your plogging adventure. As you jog or walk, keep an eye out for litter along the way.
  3. Pick up litter: When you spot litter, safely stop and pick it up. Use your gloves to protect your hands, and be careful of sharp objects or hazardous materials.
  4. Dispose of litter properly: Once you’ve collected litter, dispose of it properly in a trash can or recycling bin. If you come across any hazardous materials or items that you’re unsure how to dispose of, contact your local waste management authorities for guidance.
  5. Stay safe: Be mindful of your surroundings while plogging. Watch out for traffic, uneven terrain, and other potential hazards. It’s also a good idea to let someone know where you’ll be plogging and when you expect to return.
  6. Make it a habit: Plogging is most effective when done regularly. Consider making it a weekly or monthly activity and invite friends or family to join you.
  7. Spread the word: Share your plogging adventures on social media to inspire others to join the movement and help keep our communities clean.

Remember, every piece of litter you pick up makes a difference, no matter how small. Happy plogging!