Tavares – Keep Lake Beautiful (KLB), an affiliate of Keep America Beautiful (KAB), is teaming up with the cities of Leesburg and Tavares to help beautify Lake County by inviting volunteers to participate in a fun, national plogging clean up event on Saturday, Sept. 25. The City of Leesburg event will take place from 7 – 11 a.m. starting at Berry Park and the City of Tavares event will take place at 8:30 – 11 a.m. starting at the Tavares Ecological Park off Sinclair Ave.
What is plogging? Plogging is an environmental fitness craze in which people integrate the collection of litter within their jogging workout. The official definition of plogging is a blend of the Swedish phrase ‘plocka upp’ (meaning ‘pick up’) and ‘jogging’. As a workout, it provides variation in body movements by adding bending, squatting and stretching to the main action of running, hiking, or walking. An estimated 2,000,000 people plog daily in 100 countries. Plogging was adopted by KAB because it stresses the important ideas of reducing litter and beautifying communities while getting residents engaged. This healthy outdoor activity is directly connected to KLB’s vision of a county that is clean, green and beautiful.
All in-person ploggers must preregister online at https://volunteer.kab.org/trashdash2021 to participate in the event. KLB will provide trash pickers, safety vests, trash bags and gloves to those helping to clean the community. Volunteers must be 18 years or older or be accompanied by an adult. Participants are encouraged to wear proper attire as well as sunscreen and insect repellent. Compliance with CDC guidelines is encouraged during this event. Additionally, volunteers can choose to have a self-directed plogging experience within their own communities on their chosen route.
On Sept. 25, use the hashtags #dobeautifulthings, #trashdash and #keeplakebeautiful to post pictures of your progress and hard work! Can’t make it on Sept. 25? You can plog anytime or register to do a small group Clean Up-A-Spot event at www.keeplakebeautiful.com.
More Information about Keep Lake Beautiful
Since its launch, KLB has participated in or hosted more than two dozen projects, including community and waterway cleanups, roadside litter pickups, neighborhood and school beautification events, tree plantings and household hazardous waste collection events. KLB also encourages residents to use the county’s Litter Reporter website at http://gis.lakecountyfl.gov/crowdsource/ to help pinpoint areas in need of a cleanup. The Litter Reporter is viewable on mobile devices and desktop computers, and lets users submit data about a particular area as well as attach corresponding photos. Keep Lake Beautiful will monitor submissions and propose cleanup efforts and community events as needed.
For more information, to register as a volunteer or to become a sponsor of future events, visit www.lakecountyfl.gov/KLB or call 352-253-1660.