Introducing the #MontgomeryPlogs Challenge!

September 16, 2020


In celebration of Storm Water Awareness Week, October 18-24, 2020, Montgomery Energy Connection will launch the #MontgomeryPlogs Challenge in partnership with the Montgomery County Watershed Restoration, a program of Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection.

What the PLOG?! Plog, yes, PLOG!

Plogging is a wacky way of saying “pick up litter while you jog or walk”. Plogging was invented by Swedish outdoorsman and environmentalist Erik Ahlström. The phrase plogging comes from plocka, the Swedish word for pick up. Plogging is an eco-friendly exercise that involves picking up trash while jogging or walking as a way to clean up litter while also taking care of your health.

Are you up to the #MontgomeryPlogs Challenge?

Our social media campaign, #MontgomeryPlogs will go live from October 18 to the 24th, 2020 and will be featured on the Montgomery Energy Connection Instagram (@mcenergyconnection) account and MCDEP accounts.

Simply share a photo of your plogging in Montgomery County to be entered in a drawing to receive a Plog-Along Pack! Drawings will be held daily for the first week (October 18 – October 24, 2020) and then continue monthly through August 2021.

To be eligible, you must either tag our account (@mcenergyconnection) or use our hashtag #MontgomeryPlogs when you share your photos on Instagram. You can also submit your photos to (or click the ‘Email’ button in our profile).

What’s the objective you ask?

To raise awareness about stormwater pollution while providing Montgomery County residents a fun opportunity to help clean up litter from streams, stormwater ponds, etc. The #MontgomeryPlogs Challenge is a campaign meant to continue after the kick-off week, the idea is to incentivize people to make picking up litter a habit to prevent stormwater pollution

Wonder who won the Plog-Along Packs?

During Stormwater Awareness Week, we had lots of people who posted using the #MontogmeryPlogs Challenge and won a Plog Along packs – CONGRATULATIONS to the winners:

  • Mary A from Silver Spring
  • Marian Br from Takoma Park
  • Dana K from Silver Spring
  • Janna Haynes from Bethesda 
  • Dan Treadwell from Silver Spring
  • Stan Synkoski from Silver Spring 
  • Edward Murtagh from Silver Spring 
  • Elijah Goodwin from Silver Spring 
  • David Hershey from Potomac
  • David Hubbard from Silver Spring 

THANK YOU for PLOGGING with us! 



This webpage describes the official rules (“Official Rules”) of the Plogging Challenge organized by the Department of Environmental Protection (“DEP”) and Montgomery Energy Connection (“MEC”), (the “Challenge”).

The objective of this Challenge is to provide Montgomery County residents a fun engaging way to raise awareness about stormwater pollution while providing the opportunity to take action and help with stormwater pollution prevention by cleaning up litter from streams, stormwater ponds, etc. The Plogging Challenge is a campaign meant to continue after the kick-off week in which it is promoted, the idea is to incentivize people to make picking up litter a habit to prevent stormwater pollution.


  • “Plogging” means to pick up trash while jogging or walking.
  • “Plog-Along Pack” means a water-proof trash receptacle bag, working gloves, sanitizer, trash picker-upper tool, and face mask, while supplies last.
  • “Participant” means the individual who participates in the Plogging Challenge under the terms of this Challenge.


  • The Challenge is open to Montgomery County residents only. The Challenge is not open to companies, educational institutions, organizations, etc. or to groups associated with such institutions.
  • Participants must be of sufficient legal age and standing to enter into a contract with DEP and MEC as required below.

How to PLAY

  • Visit for complete details and rules.
  • To be eligible, Participants must take a picture of them Plogging in Montgomery County and either tag our Instagram account @mcenergyconnection or use our hashtag #MontgomeryPlogs on Instagram.
  • Participants can alternately can submit photos via email to
  • All entries must be received or posted with the hashtag by midnight for the daily drawings and by midnight on the last day of each month for the monthly drawings.
  • All submissions will be entered into a drawing to select one daily winner from October 18-24, 2020 and monthly through August 31, 2021 of a Plog-Along Pack.
  • Each participant and/or household can only win once per month.
  • The Plogging Challenge will launch on October18 and have daily drawings for Plog-Along Pack winners through October 24, 2020.
  • The Plogging Challenge will continue through August 31, 2021, and continue to have monthly drawings for Plog-Along Pack winners.
  • Eligibility and Play rules still apply for monthly drawing winners.
  • All Plog-Along Packs will be mailed to drawing winners.
  • The drawing winners will be congratulated and announced on MEC’s Instagram account upon approval from each drawing winner.
  • There is no fee to play the Challenge.


Subject to the legal requirements outlined above, daily and monthly drawing winners will receive via mail:

  1. Plog-Along Pack, while supplies last
  2. A congratulations announcement on the MEC Instagram account


Participation constitutes the Participant’s full and unconditional agreement to and acceptance of these Official Rules. By participating in the Game, the Participant is representing and warranting that he/she/they has read and understood, and agrees to be bound by, these rules. Including the guides and rules referred to herein, these Official Rules constitute the entire agreement between the Participant, DEP and MEC in relation to the Challenge. They govern the Participant’s participation and supersede any prior or other agreements between the Participant, DEP and MEC and relating to the Challenge.

13 comments on "Introducing the #MontgomeryPlogs Challenge!"

  1. Joel Teitelbaum says:

    I pick up litter in Park (Lyttonsville/Rosemary Hills Local Park) near my home every time I walk through it – approximately 5x per week. But, it is disheartening to observe many Park users negligently dropping waste litter including food containers and bottles along Park Trails, next to Park Benches, and on Park playing fields they use frequently or occasionally – despite Large lidded Waste containers situated clearly along Parks Trails and adjacent to playing fields in many Parks. Litter is often dropped on or along sidewalks and streets in neighborhoods and at edges of County Recreation Centers and free parking lots. I am constantly surprised and chagrined at how casual people are about littering, including dropping used/dirty Corona Virus masks on the paved Trails. Park signage does virtually nothing to deter such careless Littering. I feel a coordinated Parks Department and County (Transportation, Recreation Departments/DEP/MCPS) anti-Littering/education campaign is essential with timely inspections/ assessment of Fines/banned use of Parks playing fields on individuals and Sport Team groupings caught littering.

    1. Larissa Johnson says:

      Joel, thank you for this suggestion – it is something that we are definitely working on – please continue doing the amazing work of helping to keep our parks clean.

    2. Nina says:

      Thank you for all that garbage picking. I do the same while my son goes kayaking. I completely agree that we need fines and enforcement of litter laws along with a campaign. When I pick up litter along Beach drive, people often thank me. Just don’t understand why people feel it is ok to just throw their waste wherever they happen to be. At least there are garbage cans around. In some of the parks in DC along the river there is no trash pickup. People often put dog waste in plastic bags and leave them ,which seems worse than just leaving the poo.

      1. Larissa Johnson says:

        Nina, We also get frustrated with trash on the ground! Thank you for helping out with picking up what you can! We are working on more efforts to educate people about how important it is to put trash in it’s place. Fines may be a great tool, but unfortunately it is a hard act to catch people doing and there are very important issues the Police department deals with each day, so they do not always have the capacity to enforce the litter laws. We do our best to enforce on illegal dumping and providing enough trash receptacles for people to do the right thing.

    3. Marian Westley says:

      Good morning Joel. I also plog regularly at Lyttonsville/Rosemary Hills Local Park. I recently met Larissa and she has my permission to share my email address with you if you would like to coordinate with me.

      1. Joel Teitelbaum says:

        To: Marian Westley,

        My E-mail address is

        Let’s talk. Joel Teitelbaum

  2. Nichelle Isaac says:

    What a fun idea! Thanks for getting the community involved in taking care of the environment. I wanted to ask whether you could provide some tips on how to do this safely, considering the pandemic where contact with other people’s things is a risky behavior. Thanks!

    1. Ana Arriaza says:

      Nichelle, thank you for your comment. Please follow social distancing guidelines provided at:
      1. Wear a mask
      2. Stay at least 6ft away from people not in your household
      3. Use gloves and wash your hands or use hand sanitizer
      4. Please make sure to dispose of disposable masks and gloves appropriately
      5. Finally, thank you for helping keep Montgomery County’s rivers and streams clean!

  3. I’ve been picking up other people’s trash where ever I go for many years. I do it for my kids future. I have a suggestion: When they mow the grass at Candy Cane Park and other parks they run over what ever plastic bottles and aluminum cans, etc. people have left behind. When I go to pick it up I have to pick up a hundred pieces instead of one. Can you put a trash “rake” or “vacuum” on the front to gather that stuff up first so it doesn’t get shredded? I WILL LOOK FORWARD TO YOUR REPLY!

    1. Larissa Johnson says:

      David, thank you for letting us know about this issue, we have spoken with Montgomery Parks Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) and the best thing for you to do is to fill out this form:

      Thank you again for sending us this message.

  4. DAVID HERSHEY says:

    I walk along Watts Branch Park in Rockville/Potomac and pick up trash. It is sad to see all the trash in the creek and on the ground. The worst is plastic foam and plastic. I always pick up glass or metal that can hurt someone or wildlife. What i pick up I put in my own trash can, minus the cleanable balls of all types, which I give to neighborhood kids.

    1. Larissa Johnson says:


      Thank you for helping to pick up trash in Montgomery County! We hope all of our combined efforts to reduce litter will result in less trash ending up in our environment. We appreciate it!

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