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Keep Albuquerque Beautiful and Solid Waste Host Second Annual Junk Jog on September 19th

Information about the Keep Albuquerque Beautiful event.

Join Keep Albuquerque Beautiful and the City’s Solid Waste Management Department on Saturday, September 19th, for the second annual Keep Albuquerque Beautiful Junk Jog plogging event. Plogging, a combination of jogging and picking up litter, began several years ago as an organized activity in Sweden because of growing concerns about marine debris and litter. Keep Albuquerque Beautiful, alongside the City Solid Waste Management are bringing this trend back to the Southwest by inspiring Burquenos to help make our communities cleaner, safer, healthier and more beautiful.

“Every piece of litter that participants pick up in their community during the Junk Jog helps us transform our neighborhoods into beautiful places,” states Matthew Whelan, Director of the Solid Waste Management Department. “Plogging provides people with a unique opportunity to exercise while at the same time benefitting the community.”

Ploggers are encouraged to choose a route in their community or neighborhood and to follow COVID-19 safe practices including wearing a mask and maintaining social distancing while plogging. When ploggers are finished with the jog and collection, they can dispose of any waste and recyclables collected at the following drop-off sites from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.:

• Edith Yards, 4600 Edith NE

• North Domingo Baca Multi-Generational Center Recycle drop-off site, 7521 Carmel Ave NE

• West Mesa Community Center, 5500 Glenrio NW

Each plogger will receive a plastic garbage bag, gloves, fun swag, as well as a Keep Albuquerque Beautiful face mask. The first 30 ploggers to pick up their gear will receive a free New Mexico United flag cape and sticker.

Participants must register by Thursday, September 10th at 5 p.m. Register and learn more at oneabqvolunteers.com.