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For Earth Month, we are kicking off the spring #MontgomeryPlogs Challenge at Greenfest.

On April 1st, we will hold a virtual event at Greenfest encouraging everyone to get involved and join the Plogging Challenge. Plog-A-Long kits will be available for pick up at 3 different locations.

There will be 4 challenges in Earth Month for people to win a prize. Ploggers must submit their themed photo of plogging by Tuesday at midnight to be eligible to win a prize. Prizes will be announced on social media on Thursday of each week. Students are eligible to earn 1 SSL hour each day for participating!

Let’s Keep Plogging! #MontgomeryPlogs #PloggingChallenge

Do you plog? Plogging entails jogging/walking and quickly stopping to pick up trash while you go. MC Energy Connections launched #MontgomeryPlogs last year to encourage people to pick up trash on their normal walking/jogging route. The Plogging Challenge is a fun engaging way to raise awareness about stormwater pollution while providing Montgomery County residents the opportunity to take action and help with stormwater pollution prevention by cleaning up litter from streams, stormwater ponds, etc.

This spring, we are continuing the #PloggingChallenge! We want everyone in Montogmery County to keep plogging, or start if you haven’t joined us yet! Plogging is easy, many people realized they have been plogging for a long time already. We are all making a difference in reducing trash pollution together by plogging in our local neighborhoods.

Sign up for the #MontgomeryPlogs #Challenge here:

Submit your cleanup data here:

How to Play 

Participants can join the #PloggingChallenge by taking a picture of them Plogging in Montgomery County and either tag our Instagram account @mygreenmc or use our hashtag #MontgomeryPlogs on Instagram.

Sign up for the #MontgomeryPlogs #Challenge here:

We will have prizes and events throughout the campaign to encourage people to keep plogging and picking up as much trash as they can! Each household can only win ONE plogging prize pack.

To be eligible to win a Plogging prize pack, participants must register (link at top of page), submit photos via email to DEP.contests@montgomerycountymd.govand complete a trash data form (link will be provided to each registrant).

Submissions must include a photo of each completed activity. Photos with copyrights, text, or watermarks will not be accepted. Photos must be your original work. Please make sure your image file is in either JPEG/PNG/PDF format. Submitting photos means you are agreeing to all contest rules and regulations, and that the photos submitted are your original work. DEP and Montgomery Parks are not responsible for lost or misdirected entries or any connection issues when submitting photos. Photos must be clear and with the highest possible resolution.

Submit your cleanup data here:


Four winners will be selected at random. The drawing winners will be congratulated and announced on DEP’s Instagram account upon approval from each drawing winner. There is no fee to play the Challenge. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited.

Winners will be contacted by 5 pm EST on Friday via email and or phone number, and given instructions of how to claim the prize. If you do not respond within 3 days (72 hours) of being contacted via phone and/or email, you will forfeit your prize. Anyone who wants to join the #PloggingChallenge can get a FREE Plog-A-Long pack by signing up on our website.

Plog-A-Long packs contain trash and recycling bags, gloves, one litter grabber, and sanitizer. Each participant and/or household can only receive one Plog-A-Long pack. More trash and recycling bags will be available throughout the season for pick up. When you sign up to receive a Plog-A-Long pack, you are committing to pick up trash, dispose of it properly (directions will be provided to participants), and report how many bags of trash you picked up (trash data form). All Plog-Along Packs must be picked up in person at a designated location

Suggestions and Recommendations

If you want to be even more environmentally ambitious, separate clean recyclables, such as plastic beverage bottles, and drop them in your recycling bin. You will not only be improving your own health, but your local community’s health and appearance too.

Ploggers at Parks, please locate a Montgomery Parks/M-NCPPC trash bin before plogging for easy trash disposal. If there is no trash bin available, dispose of it at home or another public canister. Keep park boundaries in mind.

Ploggers at Parks must adhere to safety guidelines. Stay at least an arms-length away from any creek, stream, or water body. Cleaning up at log jams is strictly prohibited.

If any suspicious items are found in parks, call the Park Police at 301-949-3010.

If not in a park, Ploggers often dispose of trash in their own trash can at home, or a public bin along their route, because usually you will not fill an entire trash or recycling bag while plogging, so it will not take up too much space in a trash bin. However, if you come across a particularly large amount of trash, the County will pick it up for free within 48 hours if you call it into 311. Details for scheduling a pick up will be given to ploggers who sign up.


Students CAN earn SSL hours! Students will be eligible to earn 1 SSL hour per day, per bag of trash picked up. More details will be given to those who sign up.

Sign up for the #MontgomeryPlogs #Challenge here:

Submit your cleanup data here:


Plogging official rules PDF

Sign up for the #MontgomeryPlogs #Challenge here:

Submit your cleanup data here:

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MCDOT’s Adopt a Road Program

If you are interested in cleaning long term, look into MCDOT’s Adopt A Road program! County residents can adopt a portion (½ mile to 1 mile in length) of a County-owned road and agrees to clean it at least 6 times a year (the equivalent to every other month). In recognition, MCDOT will install signs bearing the resident’s name.

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Montgomery Parks Cleanup Events

Montgomery Parks is hosting several cleanups safely this year. Please visit their website to learn more a sign up.

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