Time for a spot of plogging

Collecting rubbish at a ‘‘plogging’’ event held as part of Clean Up Week yesterday at Dunedin’s Harbour Molars was volunteer Francis Perry.

Plogging — which combines jogging and picking up rubbish — is taking off across the globe, and Antonia Wood ran the first Dunedin plogging event yesterday.

The term plogging combines the word jogging with the Swedish term ‘‘plocka upp’’, which means pick up in Swedish.

Miss Wood said the ‘‘meet-up and clean-up’’ event had participants help efforts to keep Dunedin beautiful. Plogging was a great way to get fit and clean up the environment at the same time, she said.

She discovered the need for plogging after hosting clean-up activities along the shores around Dunedin and noticing a lot of rubbish next to waterways.

She was keen to plan more events on weekends, with support from volunteer groups Let’s Get Trashed and Our Seas Our Future.

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