Plogging: The fitness craze that's (literally) sweeping the streets

"Plogging" is jogging and picking up trash
Posted at 3:50 PM, Apr 10, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-11 14:54:05-04

TAMPA, Fla. — "A lot of like honks, thumbs up, people like, high fives,” said Keelan Cottle.

He gets in a run 3 to 4 times a week.

"You know, thank you very much. Thank you for what you're doing,” said the owner of 81Bay Brewing.

But it's really his new 'Run Club' that's getting people's attention.

"Got like a full applause from a girls’ soccer team from this school over here. We're like running by and the coach is like, 'I think they're plogging' and I heard her say that and I look over and I'm like, yeah, that's what we're doing,” he said.

If you've never heard of 'plogging,' you're not alone! Neither had I until today.



It's a Swedish exercise trend that makes picking up trash while jogging.

"We actually just got a wagon so we're trying to work on how to, like once we get more and more people, like how to collectively get the trash and get it back here safely,” said Briant Mertz who helps organize “Let’s Get Trashed.”

The run club with an altruistic twist launches two miles every Thursday night from the 81Bay Brewing parking lot in South Tampa.

7 "ploggers" last week netted 42 pounds of junk from this neighborhood.

"The amount of trash. It really opens your eyes. You don't really realize it,” said Cottle.

And if you're not a jogger, you can still help.

"Absolutely, placking is also encouraged. Picking up trash while walking,” said Mertz.