Plogging campaign puts its best foot forward

A plogging, or jogging while picking up trash, campaign has taken its first steps in Baoshan.
Plogging campaign puts its best foot forward
Ti Gong

A team including some very small plogging volunteers gathers in Gaojing Town.

A plogging — jogging while picking up trash — campaign was launched in north downtown over the weekend.

Gaojing Town in Baoshan District organized over 1,000 teachers and students from schools and kindergartens across the town on Saturday, the first of what will become a regular event.

The volunteers, dressed in hi-vis jackets, picked up and sorted litter along their way. Over 30 bags of garbage were collected.

The campaign originated at a voluntary event about a year ago and has now become a regular, government-supported event. Every Friday night, people will plog for about an hour around the town.

Zhu Chengmei, 76, a retiree, is the oldest member in the team.

"Plogging makes my exercise more meaningful and I'm happy to be with the young people and children," Zhu said.

People can apply to take part in plogging through the official Wechat account of the town.

Meanwhile, the city's first garbage-sorting demonstration street was unveiled in Gaojing on Saturday. A 1-kilometer-long section of Sanmen Road, a former highly polluted street, has been decorated with greenery, sculpture and lighting systems with displays about waste classification.

Plogging campaign puts its best foot forward
Ti Gong

Over 1,000 teachers and students from schools and kindergartens go plogging in Gaojing Town in Baoshan District on Saturday.

Plogging campaign puts its best foot forward
Ti Gong

Students stop to collect garbage in Gaojing Town on Saturday.

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