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The Keep America Beautiful® TrashDash initiative, created to bring plogging to neighborhoods across the country, works similarly to a run, with the primary difference being the picking up of litter throughout the route.

What Is Plogging?

Plogging is an environmental fitness craze in which people integrate the collection of litter within their jogging workout. The word plogging is a blend of the Swedish phrase ‘plocka upp’ (meaning ‘pick up’) and ‘jogging’. It debuted in Sweden in 2016 and made its way to the United States in 2018.

Plogging was adopted by Keep America Beautiful because it incorporates the primary areas we address – reducing litter, improving recycling, and beautifying communities – and this healthy activity’s direct connection to our vision of a world that’s clean, green and beautiful.

Keep America Beautiful TrashDash ploggers will be equipped with gloves, trash bags, and litter pickers to pick up litter during the jog or walk. The primary objective of the plog is to beautify one’s community by removing litter along the running route.

Why Plog?

TrashDash™ is our nation’s leading plogging event. The Keep America Beautiful national initiative is dedicated to promoting and eradicating trash in America. TrashDash is intended to heighten awareness and amplify the benefits around beautifying our communities, eliminating litter, and recycling. TrashDash inspires communities to directly engage their residents to recognize the economic, environmental, and social benefits of recycling, and provide an educational platform to raise awareness about the value of reducing, reusing and recycling – every day – throughout the year. TrashDash inspires communities to actively conserve and enhance communities through ACTION.  

During these uncharted times, the pandemic has impacted our lives and communities and has contributed to the increase of litter in our communities and waterways. This year TrashDash will bring awareness around littered personal protective equipment (PPE), including used masks and gloves, found in our communities and how to keep our communities safe, clean, green, and beautiful.

Plogging in Your Local Community

Celebrate the 2nd annual TrashDash event virtually. Join a movement of environmental activists on Sept. 20 for a socially-distanced TrashDash event by cleaning up litter and pollution in your community—all tracked on social media. TrashDash cleanups will take place all across the country to help prevent litter from entering our oceans, creeks, bays, rivers and waterways!  

Register today to participate in a virtual TrashDash in your community.  You will join thousands of others on the same day, who are making a difference. Then celebrate our collective impact on a national scale.  Simple acts of kindness create transformational environmental impact! 

Get Involved! Register as an individual, with family and friends, or as a corporate team. All ages welcome.  

Get started today and follow the simple steps below to create a lasting impact.

  • Plogging Route – Choose a route that is safe.
  • Materials – Be prepared and equipped with gloves, bags, water, and a litter picker.
  • Safety – Your plogging route may require crossing streets. Always look both ways when crossing and wear gloves when picking up litter. Stay away from picking up sharp or harmful objects. Wear face masks and gloves and practice social distancing.
  • Disposable – When your plog is finished, properly dispose of products in the correct recycling or trash bins.
  • Show off – Show off the hard work you have done and post about it! Use the #TrashDash and #DoBeautifulThings hashtags and follow us on Instagram to be connected to the plogging community and stay informed.

Benefits of Plogging

The benefits of plogging range from community improvement to overall individual health. The wide range of motions used while plogging make it a more extensive workout than just jogging. The frequent stopping and starting to pick up litter is akin to interval training. It’s great for amateur runners because it offers opportunities for frequent breaks.

For more information about organized events or plogs, check out our affiliates closest to you and take part in their local events.

Still have questions? For more information about this global phenomenon, contact Laura Peterson

Thanks for our Title Sponsor of our plogging initiatives, Dart Container Corporation. Read about our partnership here.

Title Sponsor

Community Partner

Dart Container Corporation