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Plogging is an exercise system that involves jogging and picking up litter. Often, this activity is planned as either a solo or group activity. In these instances, participants commence their run with equipment such as plastic gloves, garbage bags, and a litter picking tool. Plogging can also be performed by runners on an ad-hoc basis, as they may spot a piece of litter and take it to the nearest garbage bin.

Is this activity known by any other names?


What are the origins of the activity abroad and in Canada?

This activity originated in Sweden and was influenced by the Swedish phase “plocka upp”, which translates to "pick up". Through social media, plogging has gained global popularity.

Who takes part?

Males and females of diverse ages and ethnocultural backgrounds.

When does it occur / How often do you take part?

This activity occurs year-round, but most often during the warmer months. Schools and running groups have organized groups plogging events in Toronto.

Are there any organized clubs, groups, organizations or leagues?

Plogging Canada

Cultural Significance


Is there anything else we should know?



Exercise System

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