In these days of confinement, we may sometimes look to our past to plan for the future. It worked before; it will again, goes the theory. And so, Montgomery Village Garden Club Secretary Nina Chase will walk (feel good) and clear trash (do good) again. This healthy combo practice has a name. It’s called “plogging,” and comes from Swedish meaning “two goods” or “win-win.”
Once a week, before the coronavirus pandemic, Nina interrupted her daily walk to scope out the trash landscape, preferably cleansed by a recent rainstorm. With her securely gloved hands, she collected the various pieces and stored them for a week, “ageing” them in her trash collecting bag to foster decontamination. Next they were separated for recycling, paper, aluminum cans, plastic bottles and bags. Styrofoam and organic matter were trashed. The sum total? A clear and clean vista was restored.
But Nina cautions against non-recyclable hazards: poison ivy and ticks. Beware the tri-lobed, serrated leaf, coming up a little purple-greenish. Remember and act on the old warning: “leaves of three, let them be.” Protective clothing works for ticks, and along with an anti-tick spray you’re surely safe.
So during your next walk, take a minute to follow in Nina’s footsteps and help keep our community looking great. Grab a bag and some gloves, and plog along!