Plogging – jogging and collecting waste with Audi Environmental Foundation

The term plogging combines the Swedish word “plocka upp” (=pick up) and “jogging”. Jogging and collecting trash. The Audi Environmental Foundation regularly organizes such cleanups.

08/11/2021 Reading Time: 1 min

Plogging – Symbiosis of movement and environmental protection

The idea is to collect trash lying along the running track while jogging and then dispose of it properly at the end of the jogging session. Plogging combines active environmental protection with physical exercise and the opportunity to meet new people and to do good things together. A positive side effect: there is less waste along running tracks, roads and forest paths!

Plogging action awarded Ramadama prize

With six plogging events carried out so far and over 60 participants, including many “multiple collectors,” a great contribution to the cleanliness of Ingolstadt's paths and popular jogging routes was made together. In November 2019, for example, this campaign was awarded the 2019 Ramadama prize by Ingolstadt’s municipal authorities.

Ploggers free running tracks from garbage
Runners and collectors: The ploggers free popular running tracks from trash.

Numerous plogging events once again this year

There are many plogging events this year, too. Dates will be announced here in time. Registration is requested. All interested people are invited, no matter whether Audi participates. If there is too much interest, the decision will be made by drawing lots.

Dates and registration for plogging

  • When: future dates will be announced in time.
  • Where: individual, freely selectable route (away from busy places)
  • Cost: none

Good to know

For participation in the plogging of the Audi Environmental Foundation, a signed declaration of liability is required. 

Please bring suitable clothing and shoes. Gloves and garbage bags will be distributed by the foundation. Tips on where a plogging assignment is particularly necessary are very welcome. The plogging event does not count as working time. Arrival and departure must be organized privately.

Jogging and collecting trash – trendy sport
Symbiosis of movement and environmental protection: Joggers collect trash by the wayside as part of the trendy sport of plogging.

Past PloggMIT! events

We have already completed several PloggMit! events with numerous motivated runners and have thus been able to do something good for ourselves and the environment. This year alone, Plogging has already been held four times in a hybrid format by the Audi Environmental Foundation.


Since no face-to-face meeting was allowed, the participants digitally connected via a teams-conference and started together in the virtual group, exchanging their impressions live and motivating each other. Even whole families were on their way and during the video conference you could hear and see the enthusiasm of the young and elder environmental protectors. Many reported that they regularly collect waste while jogging or walking. “Ploggers” attract attention and remind passengers and pedestrians not to leave their rubbish carelessly, but to dispose it in a correct way. Maybe they even motivate others to collect waste on their next walk.