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  • Storm Water Quality Division Unveils "Plogging" Campaign To Promote Clean Streets And Clean Water

Storm Water Quality Division unveils "plogging" campaign to promote clean streets and clean water

HONOLULU -- In honor of Make a Difference Month, an annual event highlighting the importance of personal responsibility in taking care of communities, the Department of Facility Maintenance (DFM) Storm Water Quality (SWQ) Division is joining a popular international movement with its Plogging Campaign, encouraging residents to pick up trash while walking or jogging outdoors.

"We're excited to introduce and promote the concept of Plogging this October in celebration of Make a Difference Month," said Ross S. Sasamura, P.E., Director and Chief Engineer of the City's Department of Facility Maintenance. "Plogging is a fun way to get some exercise, while also helping to clean up our environment. We hope it encourages residents to do their part and have a little fun while doing it."

Plogging, the practice of picking up trash while walking or jogging, is a simple and easy way to keep local neighborhoods, streets and the ocean clean. To encourage public participation, SWQ will be handing out plogging supplies at various distribution events. Supplies include trash bags, gloves, instructions and mask. These will be limited to one per person and to persons 18 years or older, while supplies last.

  • Friday, October 9 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Ala Moana Regional Park
  • Friday, October 16 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at DFM Pearl City Warehouse

To pick up your pack, sign up at

Participants are also encouraged to take pictures of their efforts and share them on social media using #PloggingOahu or by emailing Sharing a photo enters participants to win a Clean Water Hero Swag Bag.

For more information on Plogging, visit the DFM-SWQ website at or call (808) 768-3343.

About Department of Facility Maintenance -- Storm Water Quality Division

The mission of the Storm Water Quality Division (SWQ) is to empower and provide guidance for the public on effective ways to minimize our impact on water quality in order to protect public health and the beauty of Oʻahu. For more information about the Storm Water Quality Division and upcoming volunteer opportunities, please visit

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