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The ‘ploggers’ picking up plastic as they go running

June 7, 2018

Plogging is jogging with a difference.

Runners wear gloves, and carry bin bags, plucking rubbish from their route as they go, hence the name.

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The craze is sweeping the globe as more of us become aware about the scourge of single-use plastic
Image:The craze is sweeping the globe as more of us become aware about the scourge of single-use plastic

The sporting pursuit began in Sweden 18 months ago and is now spreading around the globe as we become more aware of the scourge of single-use plastic and the damage it is doing to the environment.

JP McCormack runs a plogging group in west London.

While jogging along his local canal he became aware of how much rubbish was in the water and on the tow path.

He told Sky News: “I saw how much rubbish there was and had read about plogging in a newspaper article.

“We started a group and it’s a great way of keeping fit and making a difference.”

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Sky's Jonathan Samuels and some fellow ploggers
Image:Sky’s Jonathan Samuels (R) and fellow ploggers

The group easily fills a number of bin bags in less than 20 minutes.

Fellow plogger Tom Pascoe says they have even become competitive.

He added: “At the end of our jog we compare sacks to see who has the biggest.

“It’s important that everyone does their bit.”

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'It is a great way of keeping fit and making a difference,' one plogger said
Image:‘It is a great way of keeping fit and making a difference,’ one plogger said

More than 35 million single use plastic bottles and 7 million coffee cups are used every day in Britain.

Many end up in our waterways and eventually make their way to the ocean.

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In the UK, Environment Secretary Michael Gove has committed to bring in deposits on plastic bottles to encourage recycling.

The government is also consulting on taxes and charges on other single-use plastic items.

:: Sky’s Ocean Rescue campaign encourages people to reduce their single-use plastics. You can find out more about the campaign and how to get involved at skyoceanrescue.com.