Bag it!

in Featured Events

Should We Limit Plastic Bags in Larchmont and Mamaroneck?   Save the date, be informed:  See the documentary Bag It on March 9, 10, and 11.  An estimated 500 billion to 1 trillion plastic bags are used worldwide every year–380 billion of those in the United States.  And every year, Americans throw away some 100 billion plastic bags–bags that perhaps only carried home a prescription from the pharmacy or a quart of milk from the grocery store. Plastic bags are made from petroleum, so trashing them is equivalent to dumping nearly 12 million barrels of oil. Plastic bags do not go away; they do not biodegrade. Recycling them is literally not worth the cost: “$4,000 to process and recycle one ton of plastic bags, which can then be sold on the commodities market for $32,” says Jared Blumenfeld, director of San Francisco’s Department of the Environment.  That’s why Larchmont is considering joining Rye and the Village of Mamaroneck, which have passed plastic bag phase-out ordinances. Come see this funny and illuminating documentary at three screenings in our tri-municipality. Stick around afterward for Q & A’s with experts.  For more on Bag It, click here.