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What is Plogging?

PLOGGING is a new fitness craze which originated in Sweden. The name is a contraction of the words Picking Litter and jOGGING. It is essentially a form of interval-training with some deep knee bends and lunges randomly spaced between periods of running. I don’t actually run (I usually walk) while plogging, but it is an amazing activity. It feels good physically and emotionally – there’s nothing better than taking care of your health and the planet at the same time. If you haven’t tried plogging yet, I urge you to give it a try – you’ll love it!

To see all the types of trash that I find in Oakville, check out @getoffplastic on Instagram or Facebook.

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Park Ambassador

I first adopted Taplow Creek Trail a little over a year ago. I had seen the signs in the park that said, "Adopt Me" and I thought, "sure, why not?" It's close to my home and I go for walks there all the time. Well, it has been an amazing experience, to say the least! If you have ever thought about becoming a Trail Ambassador, I highly recommend it. As a trail ambassador, I have learned a lot about how our waste makes its way into the environment and the harmful effects it has on our water systems and wildlife. On the plus side, it has been great exercise and a great way to meet fellow Oakvillians who share the same concern for our beautiful town. In short, I love volunteering my time to keep Oakville beautiful, and encourage you to contact the Town and adopt a park near you.

Update:

I’m so happy – I have adopted another park. This charming little piece of forest is tucked between a school and a lovely neighborhood. It’s a bit far from my house, so I ride my bike to get there. I really enjoyed this little cleanup today  – very peaceful and relaxing. We are so fortunate to live in such a beautiful town. #grateful

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Waste Management

Keeping trash out of nature should be the top priority of any municipal waste management system. This is an area where I think Halton could do a little better. Our current blue bin program is very popular – almost every home takes advantage of the easy recycling solution it offers. The problem, however, is with our choice of bins. They are open, short, and lightweight. This means that they easily blow over on windy days. And when they do, all of that plastic that we so carefully placed in the bins ends up in nature.

The solution is remarkably easy. We just need new bins … bins with lids! We already use this style in the downtown area (see photo below of the small-sized blue bins with lids). Why not use them everywhere in Halton? If we make this simple switch, far less of our plastic waste will go into the parks and creeks – and that’s good for everybody.