Coming Up: Larchmont Might ‘Bag It’
06 Mar, 2013
By Loop Contributor
from the Larchmont Environmental Committee:
Come see “Bag It”, a funny and illuminating documentary on this topic, at three screenings in our tri-municipal area:
Village of Larchmont Saturday March 9 at 2 PM (refreshments), followed by the film at 2:30 PM Village Center (Behind the Larchmont Public Library) Stay afterward for a Q & A session with Patti Wood of Grassroots Environmental and a reuseable bag giveaway.
Village of Mamaroneck Sunday March 10 at 2 PM Mamaroneck Public Library Mayor Norman Rosenblum and Trustee Ilissa Miller will answer questions about the new law. Refreshments will be served; reusable bag giveaway after the film.
Town of Mamaroneck Monday March 11 at 7 PM Mamaroneck Town Center (740 W. Boston Post Rd, Mamaroneck) Conference Room C.
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.