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These joggers pick up trash while they run

Call in the ploggers! That is the name for these joggers picking up litter while walking in a group led by an NHS employee, 50, who has lived with a zero waste policy over the past decade

  • The ploggers are a terrain of friends who rid the streets of litter while jogging
  • Group founded by NHS employee Sharon Sexton who lives according to a zero waste policy
  • Plogging started in Sweden, and the word combines jogging and ‘plocka upp’
  • Just go to www.gbspringclean.org to participate in the war on nest

Meet the ploggers – a running group that frees the streets from litter while jogging.

The friends declared war on waste and decided to make their garbage collection fun by combining it with exercise.

They beat together once a month – while renovating roads, parks and docks.

The group was founded by NHS employee Sharon Sexton, 50, who has followed a zero waste policy over the past decade.

Sharon Sexton (far left) and friends. The group knocks together once a month - while renovating roads, parks and docks

Sharon Sexton (far left) and friends. The group knocks together once a month – while renovating roads, parks and docks

Sharon Sexton (4th from the left) and friends. Plogging originated in Sweden around 2016 and the word is a combination of jogging and 'plocka upp' - which means that you will be picked up. Mrs. Sexton organized her first event in Bristol in April 2018 and her team ranges from four to 14 depending on the weather

Sharon Sexton (4th from the left) and friends. Plogging originated in Sweden around 2016 and the word is a combination of jogging and 'plocka upp' - which means that you will be picked up. Mrs. Sexton organized her first event in Bristol in April 2018 and her team ranges from four to 14 depending on the weather

Sharon Sexton (4th from the left) and friends. Plogging originated in Sweden around 2016 and the word is a combination of jogging and ‘plocka upp’ – which means that you will be picked up. Mrs. Sexton organized her first event in Bristol in April 2018 and her team ranges from four to 14 depending on the weather

She said, “Picking or hiding litter may not seem like the most glamorous activity, but I think the perspective is changing.

‘It’s not just about caring for the environment, it’s also about getting into the fresh air, dealing with and taking care of your own well-being.

“These are all great things to do – and it’s so satisfying to find a piece of garbage.”

Plogging originated in Sweden around 2016 and the word is a combination of jogging and ‘plocka upp’ – which means that you will be picked up. Mrs. Sexton organized her first event in Bristol in April 2018 and her team ranges from four to 14 depending on the weather.

They usually focus on two areas – Cumberland Basin, the main entrance to the city’s harbor, and Greville Smyth Park.

After a brief briefing at a designated meeting place, Sexton hands out garbage bags donated by Bristol Waste to volunteers.

Sharon Sexton (2nd from the left) with fellow ploggers. They usually focus on two areas - Cumberland Basin, the main entrance to the city's harbor, and Greville Smyth Park

Sharon Sexton (2nd from the left) with fellow ploggers. They usually focus on two areas - Cumberland Basin, the main entrance to the city's harbor, and Greville Smyth Park

Sharon Sexton (2nd from the left) with fellow ploggers. They usually focus on two areas – Cumberland Basin, the main entrance to the city’s harbor, and Greville Smyth Park

Runners are then free to blog at their own pace. During a 40-minute session, each participant usually fills one garbage bag

Runners are then free to blog at their own pace. During a 40-minute session, each participant usually fills one garbage bag

Runners are then free to blog at their own pace. During a 40-minute session, each participant usually fills one garbage bag

Runners are then free to blog at their own pace. During a 40-minute session, each participant usually fills one garbage bag.

They collect plastic carbonated beverage bottles, beer cans, polystyrene, packs of cigarettes, crunchy packs and chocolate bar packs.

Plogging is a great way to get involved with this year’s Great British Spring Clean, which supports the Daily Mail.

The Keep Britain Tidy campaign recruits volunteers from March 20 to April 13 to participate in litter across the country.

Mrs. Sexton said she produces so little waste that she told her town that she doesn’t need a bin.

Her clean lifestyle means that she only drinks tap water, always uses a refillable coffee cup, shampoo bars and a bamboo toilet roll. She has set herself a challenge not to buy new clothes this year in an effort to reduce retail waste. One day she hopes to be completely waste-free.

She said: ‘I often shop in a local refill shop, which sells everything separately. I go in with containers, some are plastic, but I make sure I use them again and again and fill them with the groceries I need. I fill them with everything from fresh fruit and vegetables to salt and pepper, flour and breakfast cereals.

“I also have reusable coffee cups that are small enough to fit in my handbag, so I always have one close at hand.”

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