Plogging is a combination of jogging and garbage collection (Swedish: plocka upp). It started as an organized activity in Sweden around 2016 and spread to other countries in 2018, following growing concerns about plastic pollution. As a workout, it allows the body’s movements to be varied by adding flexions, squats and stretches to the main action of the race. Author David Sedaris combines garbage collection and exercise in the Parham, Coldwaltham and Storrington districts of West Sussex, taking up to 60,000 steps per day to search for local waste. He was so effective in keeping his neighborhood clean that the local authority named a scrap vehicle in his honor. West Sussex Lord Lieutenant Susan Pyper said, “The sign on this truck is a very fitting way to say a big thank you to David for his tireless efforts … he is a true local hero.” Erik Ahlström began to get stuck in the Swedish capital, Stockholm, when he moved to the Åre ski resort. He created the Plogga site to organize the activity and encourage volunteers. The Keep America Beautiful organization is now promoting plogging to its affiliates and found that some exercises already combined with cleansing, such as the Trashercize program in Tennessee.

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