The first ever “paired plogging” was organised in New Town on Wednesday on World Environment Day. A new environment-friendly fitness trend, plogging is an activity where people pick up trash from the roads while jogging. The term ‘plogging’ was coined in Sweden in 2016.
A total of 143 pairs of participants, from children to senior citizens, participated in the event. The teams, equipped with recycled cloth bags, rubber gloves and caps, collected plastic and paper waste along a 2km stretch while jogging from Eco Park Gate 2 to the Eiffel Tower replica.
NKDA chairman Debashis Sen said the drive was aimed at making New Town a zero-waste township.
For the participants, it was a first-of-its-kind experience. “It is a wonderful initiative for the betterment of the environment and for society as a whole,” said Pradip Singh, a businessman from New Town who participated with his 13-year-old son Piyush.
“Such green initiatives are needed to protect the environment and we are proud to be a part of it,” said Gautam Bhadra, a senior private firm executive who participated with his wife Mita.
The top five pairs were judged on the total weight of the waste collected and were awarded cash prizes. The top three pairs got a composting bucket and composting material.
“This was the first time I participated in such an event and it was great! The event was well planned and executed smoothly,” said Ajay Saria, a resident of New Town, who participated with wife Indu. The pair was selected for the first place for collecting 8.8kg of waste.
Pauline Laravoire, a French national who lives in south Kolkata, said, “I feel that people should not be throwing waste anywhere. That way it wouldn’t need to be picked up in the first place. Initiatives like this should be repeated.”
The authorities also recognised five senior professional cleaners who collect the daily generated waste from Eco Park throughout the year.
Source: Times of India