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Celebrate Earth Week at a Free Movie Screening


Press Release
Contact: Rebecca Mattano
Phone: 262-896-8014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date April 7, 2014

Celebrate Earth Week at a Free Movie Screening

Waukesha, WI – The Waukesha County Recycling Office is collaborating with Carroll University to host a free public screening of the movie, Bag It: Is Your Life Too Plastic?, during Earth Week. The movie will be held in Dorothy Goff Frisch Recital Hall on the Carroll University campus on April 21, 6:30 – 8 p.m.
The 2010 film, Bag It! Is Your Life Too Plastic?, is a feature documentary about the politics of bags, single-use disposables, waste and recycling, and the health of our oceans. The film stars Jeb Berrier, an average American who decided to pledge to stop using plastic bags. This relatively small action led Jeb to questions about other types of plastic items he uses and a worldwide search for answers. Jeb interviewed scientists, waste and recycling experts, politicians, doctors, corporations, and average folks from the United States and other countries to discover their views on plastic. The film is evidence-based, presents information from multiple perspectives, and covers numerous topics including, plastic bag bans, fees, and refund deposits, different types of plastics and their manufacturing process, the plastic recycling industry, impact of plastic on marine life, and how plastic breaks down in water.
The film is educational, engaging and has candid humor, throughout, that is appealing to people of all ages. The main takeaway message of the film is that each of us is capable of doing small things to reduce the amount of plastic we use on a daily basis. A trailer of the film can be viewed at http://www.bagitmovie.com/
A brief discussion facilitated by a member of the Waukesha County Recycling staff about plastic recycling in Wisconsin and the effects of plastic pollution in Lake Michigan will accompany the film. After the film, there will be a discussion session with the audience for those choosing to participate.
To find out about how to reduce your waste and recycle more, visit www.waukeshacounty.gov/recycling
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