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St. Joseph’s College hosts screening of anti-plastic documentary ‘Bag It’ Thursday

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As part of its Earth Week celebrations, St. Joseph’s College will be hosting a free public screening of the award-winning documentary Bag It at 7 p.m. tomorrow, Thursday, in the school’s McGann Conference Center in Patchogue.

Patchogue Village also happens to be the first Suffolk village outside the East End to ban single-use plastic bags.

Village Trustee Joseph Keyes, who had pushed for the legislation passed last June — the law goes into effect after Labor Day weekend of this year — will be introducing the movie that he says influenced village leaders’ move to ban the bags. (See trailer below.)

“The thing that had the biggest impact on [the committee members] was seeing this film, which conveyed the fact that something had to be done about these plastic bags,” Keyes said. “It was just done in a really cute way, not boring documentary kind of stuff.

“We had tons of statistics and information about the pros and cons — stacks of paper — but seeing the film itself had a huge impact.”

Keyes also noted that Suffolk County is also considering a ban on plastic bags.

Click here for a full schedule of Earth Week events at St. Joseph’s.

Top Photo: Colorado landfill. Credit: Suzan Beraza

About the author: Michael White

Michael White is a Bellport resident, longtime newspaper reporter and editor, and the owner of greaterpatchogue.com. Email him your story ideas or tips: mike@greaterpatchogue.com