Plogging is a unique outdoor activity that involves combining jogging with the responsible act of picking up litter.

Several countries have been actively promoting the plogging trend, which combines exercise with environmental and social responsibility. Plogging not only fosters a healthy lifestyle but also encourages individuals to make a positive impact on the environment and their communities.

At the ‘Plogging – Walking & Waste Pick-up’ event, organized collaboratively by the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union District 7 and RMIT University, teams of participants actively engaged in picking up waste during a 1.5-hour jog along a three-kilometer route.

The total amount of waste collected by participating teams exceeded 365 kilograms.

The plastic waste collected was carefully transported to recycling facilities.

According to research, plastic waste takes a minimum of 450 years to decompose when placed in landfills.

The event attracts many young people. Photo: K.Anh / Tuoi Tre

The event attracts many young people. Photo: K.Anh / Tuoi Tre

The event ‘Plogging – Walking & Waste Pick-up’ was organized in observance of World Cleanup Day 2023, which took place on September 16th.

The event represents a significant advancement in District 7’s environmental conservation initiative, as highlighted by Vice-Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Be Ngoan of the People’s Committee.

The activity facilitated the growth of environmental consciousness among young people and residents, encouraging them to actively engage in environmental protection and adopt a sustainable lifestyle. This collective effort, led by Ngoan, aims to enhance the overall quality of life in District 7 by ensuring a greener and more sustainable environment.

The organizer weighs plastic waste picked up by participating teams. Photo: K.Anh / Tuoi Tre

The organizer weighs plastic waste picked up by participating teams. Photo: K.Anh / Tuoi Tre

The inaugural event, organized by Secretary Mai Trong Thang of the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union in District 7, successfully merged environmental conservation with physical fitness. This groundbreaking gathering has the potential to set a new trend in promoting a holistic approach to well-being.

Pham Thi Ngoc Trang, a student at RMIT University, expressed her hopes for garbage classification to become a daily habit. She believes that this practice will alleviate the strain on the overloaded garbage collection system and contribute to the creation of new resources. Ngoc Trang sees this as a crucial step towards embracing a more sustainable lifestyle.

Young people pick up garbage in District 7, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: K.Anh / Tuoi Tre

Young people pick up garbage in District 7, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: K.Anh / Tuoi Tre