FRANKFORT, Ky. (FOX 56) — An interesting method of picking up litter is about to spread through the Commonwealth.

The Louisville-based organization Brightside Inc. visited Frankfort for the Keep Kentucky Beautiful press conference. Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman read the governor’s proclamation marking March 4 as Keep Kentucky Beautiful Day. Coleman also spoke on legislative efforts relating to litter abatement and beautification.

This led to the discussion of a unique type of cleanup called “plogging.” This combines trash cleanup and jogging, something that people aren’t known to regularly do.


Director of Brightside Inc. Lorri Roberts said she expects plogging to make a huge difference in what gets left behind. She spoke on work already being done, and how plogging will make the results even better.

“We work on average 19,000 to 30,000 volunteers every year and we pick up about 62 tons of litter just from Louisville every year. That is about a $1.5 million cost that the city would have to pay if our volunteers didn’t go out and do that work,” Roberts said.

List of upcoming plogging events:


  • Tuesday, March 7 at 5:30 p.m. at Sig Luscher Brewery
    • Contact: Brittany Woodward, Solid Waste Coordinator-Franklin County at (502) 875-8751 or


  • Sunday, March 5 at 2 p.m. at Old Louisville Brewery
    • Contact: Elizabeth Gribbins, events & volunteer supervisor at Brightside, Inc. at (502) 741-5783 or


  • Contact: Arin Arnold-Davis, Chair-Keep Lexington Beautiful and

Covington/Campbell County

  • Saturday, March 4 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Braxton Brewing Company
    • Covington: Sheila Fields, solid waste and recycling manager, neighborhood service (859) 292-2121 or
    • Campbell County: Megan Clere, solid waste coordinator, (859) 547-1866 or
    • Newport: Josh Tunning-ReNewport,

Bowling Green

  • Neighborhood Litter Cleanup in Warren County, March 3 through March 6
    • Andrea Strange, public outreach coordinator, Warren County Stormwater (270) 991-5457 or

Pendleton County

  • Litter Pickup on March 4
    • Billy Steele, solid waste coordinator, Pendleton County, (859) 654-1000 or