Burns Beach MLA Mark Folkard aims to tackle pollution by plogging – picking up litter while jogging


Burns Beach MLA Mark Folkard with litter collected in the Joondalup ‘plogging’ session.
Burns Beach MLA Mark Folkard with litter collected in the Joondalup ‘plogging’ session.

A NORTHERN suburbs politician has taken to ‘plogging’, organising jogging events to pick up litter.

Burns Beach MLA Mark Folkard hosted the first plogging session at Blue Lake Park in Joondalup on May 19 and is planning another in Burns Beach.

The term combines “jogging” with the Swedish term for the act of picking up, ‘plocka upp’, and the activity involves jogging with picking up rubbish in public spaces.

Syd Paul, Mark Folkard and Ella Magookin.

The Scandinavian trend is slowly taking off in Australia and Mr Folkard wanted to raise awareness of the impact of plastics pollution in the lead-up to the ban on single-use plastic bags on July 1.

“After first hearing about the plogging trend, I felt that it would be of immense benefit to our community,” he said.

“Combining exercising, socialising and picking up litter is a win-win for members of our community.”

Mr Folkard plans to host a second plogging session from 10am on Saturday, June 16 in Burns Beach.

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