Be a Plogger in DC!

by David Schwartzman, GNDC

What is Plogging?

“Plogging is a combination of jogging with picking up litter (Swedish: plocka upp). It started as an organized activity in Sweden around2016 and spread to other countries in 2018, following increased concern about plastic pollution. As a workout, it provides variation in body movements by adding bending, squatting and stretching to the main action of running.” (

 Plogging is getting press attention:

‘Plogging’ is the Swedish fitness craze for people who want to save the planet. It’s making its way to the U.S.

Allison Klein, February 23, 2018 (Washington Post)

Photo by Tirachard Kumtanom on

How to join a Plogging group:

Although you don’t need to join a group to plog, here’s a local one you may be interested in:

Plogging and Dogging DMV (
Organized by JerikaTaylor. 
Washington, DC
64 members
Public group

What we’re about: “In this meetup group, we will get together and plog, which is picking up litter while jogging in groups (a popular pastime in Sweden), or exercise shelter dogs. Meetups for each activity will be scheduled at least once per month. Any other ideas of community service that can be paired with walking/jogging/running are welcome! You will be providing community service at no monetary cost! Just give some time and love. 🙂 Optional social activity will follow each meeting, like lunch, coffee, etc.

Plogging and dogging [running with the dog and picking up plastic] is about bringing people together, providing a service to our communities here in the DMV, and, as a bonus, having fun, getting fit, and making friends!

This is an all-inclusive group. If you want to get a little exercise while making the city or an animal shine a little brighter, this group is for you.People of all ages and abilities welcome. You can walk, jog, run, or wheel.

Activities will be primarily in D.C., but if interest grows, I will try to schedule some meetings in Maryland or Virginia suburbs on a regular basis.”

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