If your kids need a little encouragement to help pick up litter on your next walk or community cleanup day, you can give them a push in the right direction by turning the task into a game. Who can pick up the most pieces of litter? How fast can you fill up a trash bag? Who can come up with the best story about where a mysterious item came from? Adding a splash of creativity and competition can make the time fly by – and helps grow positive habits.
The term “plogging” is a portmanteau of the Swedish words “plocka up” (pick up) and “jogga” (jog). In practice, it’s just what it sounds like: picking up litter while jogging. And it’s a surprisingly fun way to do a little good while enjoying the fresh air. In addition to cleaning up the neighborhood, plogging adds some stretching and bending to your run or walk, giving you a full body workout without a whole lot of effort.
Everyone loves a good “before-and-after” story, and the difference between a litter-strewn stretch of sidewalk and a freshly cleaned one is striking. Share your before-and-after cleanup photos on social media with the popular hashtag #TrashTag for some well-earned kudos, and to show off your clean neighborhood. It’s also a great way to be inspired for future cleanup projects, close to home and beyond.
As the saying goes, “many hands make light work.” If there’s a particularly big neighborhood project to tackle – like cleaning up a local park or trail – then coordinating a group effort with your friends and neighbors can make the work a lot easier. Seek out local conservation groups, check out local message boards or start a group yourself on social media. It’s not just a great way to spend time with your neighbors – it’s a way to improve the neighborhood for everyone.