Keep Las Vegas Beautiful Plogging Event Cleans Up City

Keep Las Vegas Beautiful offers volunteer opportunity for City of Las Vegas employees.

More than 80 volunteers participated in a plogging event hosted by Keep Las Vegas Beautiful on Saturday, Feb. 8. The Downtown Trash Dash invited City of Las Vegas employees to help support a cleaner downtown area and a healthy community.

Plogging is a blend of the Swedish phrase ‘plocka upp’ (meaning ‘pick up’) and ‘jogging’. With plogging, individuals can make a direct impact in their local community environment. Keep America Beautiful® and its more than 600 community-based affiliates are leading this trend in the U.S. by conducting plogs to make their communities cleaner, safer, healthier, and more beautiful.

Keep Las Vegas Beautiful provided five-gallon buckets and reusable bags at its event. In total, ploggers collected over 400 gallons of litter.

“Additionally, we had a volunteer focus on picking up only cigarette butts throughout the routes,” said Oyaima Camman-Calvo, Community Program Technician of Keep Las Vegas Beautiful in an email. “She picked up two bags worth of cigarette butts!”

Several partners collaborated on the event including: City of Las Vegas employees; the Office of Councilwoman Olivia Diaz; First Friday Foundation; Millennials in Motion; community volunteers; and local artists.

Millennials in Motion collected the recycled material from the event to be transformed by local artist Emily Sims.