Montgomery County PLOGGING Challenge!

March 31, 2021

What is plogging?? It started as a fitness trend in Sweden! People organized picking up trash while jogging to better enjoy their route. They would post photos of them jogging and picking up trash to challenge others to do the same! The term “Plogging” is a combination of two Swedish words: “plocka upp” (to pick up) and “jogga” (to jog). The trend became popular on social media with everyone posting their photos and using #plogging.


Let’s Keep Plogging! #MontgomeryPlogs #PloggingChallenge


Do you plog? Plogging entails jogging/walking and quickly stopping to pick up trash while you go. MC Energy Connections launched #MontgomeryPlogs last year to encourage people to pick up trash on their normal walking/jogging route. The Plogging Challenge is a fun engaging way to raise awareness about stormwater pollution while providing Montgomery County residents the opportunity to take action and help with stormwater pollution prevention by cleaning up litter from streams, stormwater ponds, etc.

We are continuing the #PloggingChallenge! We want everyone in Montogmery County to keep plogging, or start if you haven’t joined us yet! Plogging is easy, many people realized they have been plogging for a long time already. We are all making a difference in reducing trash pollution together by plogging in our local neighborhoods.


How to Participate 

Participants can join the #PloggingChallenge by taking a picture of them Plogging in Montgomery County and either tag our Instagram account @mygreenmc or use our hashtag #MontgomeryPlogs on Instagram.


Sign up for the #MontgomeryPlogs #Challenge here:

Submit your cleanup data here:



Students CAN earn SSL hours! Students will be eligible to earn 1 SSL hour per day, per bag of trash picked up. Registration is required.

See our volunteer opportunity on the Montgomery County Volunteer website:


Suggestions and Recommendations

If you want to be even more environmentally ambitious, separate clean recyclables, such as plastic beverage bottles, and drop them in your recycling bin. You will not only be improving your own health, but your local community’s health and appearance too.

Ploggers at Parks, please locate a Montgomery Parks/M-NCPPC trash bin before plogging for easy trash disposal. If there is no trash bin available, dispose of it at home or another public canister. Keep park boundaries in mind.

Ploggers at Parks must adhere to safety guidelines. Stay at least an arms-length away from any creek, stream, or water body. Cleaning up at log jams is strictly prohibited.

If any suspicious items are found in parks, call the Park Police at 301-949-3010.

If not in a park, Ploggers often dispose of trash in their own trash can at home, or a public bin along their route, because usually you will not fill an entire trash or recycling bag while plogging, so it will not take up too much space in a trash bin. However, if you come across a particularly large amount of trash, the County will pick it up for free within 48 hours if you call it into 311. Details for scheduling a pick up will be given to ploggers who sign up.



9 comments on "Montgomery County PLOGGING Challenge!"

  1. Carol Valoris says:

    I registered but checked i needed ssl hours. Misunderstood what that was. I do not need them. Thanks. Carol valoris

  2. David says:

    Where is the locations
    . All Plog-Along Packs must be picked up in person at a designated location

    1. Kristin says:

      When I was signing up, it shows this:

      Which date/location can you pick up your plogging kit?
      April 1st, 12pm-6pm, Wheaton (2425 Reedie Dr.)
      April 9th, 2pm-6:30pm, Hillandale Park (10615 New Hampshire Ave.)
      April 17th, 10am-1pm, Black Hills Regional Park (20930 Lake Ridge Dr. Boyds, MD)
      None of these (contact me for pick up at 2425 Reedie Dr.)

      1. Larissa Johnson says:

        Thank you for sharing the locations Kristin – @David – please select an option for picking up supplies while registering.

  3. Anne Gonzalez says:

    My mother who is now dead, always did this on her walks in Oregon and I recently saw a neighbor do that, and yes, I have done that.

  4. Kristin says:

    We have a few empty open lots near us but, since they are private property, albeit a business of some sort with nothing built, I’ve been unsure if it’s allowed to pick up that litter. Are there any laws that could be in violation?

    1. Larissa Johnson says:


      If it is private land, you could be trespassing. If you have permission from the land owner you may pick up litter there, but otherwise we would have to say advise you not to go onto land that private.

      1. Kristin says:

        Thank you, Ms. Johnson.

  5. Kristin Snyder says:

    I submitted a photo with our google form today but not sure how you know which child and which school. Do you follow up with how SSL documentation works? I added his details in the “Comments”.
    By the way, this was a lot of fun! He enjoyed finding the trash and is happy to be getting SSL credit.
    Thank you.

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