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Darien Group Refuses To Bag Fight Against Plastic

DARIEN, Conn. – The group Choose to Reuse in Darien has been trying for several years to create an ordinance to ban plastic shopping bags in town. But so far, it has been told to push for only a voluntary ban.

The group will take another step in getting the ordinance passed by showing members of the Darien RTM the damage that plastic bags can do. The group will host a screening of the film "Bag It" at the Darien Nature Center on July 19. It has reached out to all members of the RTM to attend.

"We are hoping to give a presentation to the RTM this fall and would appreciate it if the members are as informed as possible about the detrimental effects plastic bags have on our health, economy and environment," said Nina Miller, founder of Choose to Reuse .

The advocates have presented their ideas to the Environmental Protection Commission and the Board of Selectmen in their quest to ban plastic bags in town. Though they received a ringing endorsement from the Environmental Protection Commission, the Board of Selectmen said they should talk to merchants and persuade them to give up plastic bags voluntarily.

After speaking with 146 businesses, the group found that only a handful would commit to getting rid of the bags. To get rid of the bags, which get stuck in trees and rivers, they would have to be made illegal.

Choose to Reuse in Darien hosted a screening of "Bag It" in March at the Darien Library. Deepika Saksena said more than 160 people attended, and many were moved by what they saw. A group of 35 high school students were so inspired that they offered to help the cause.

The screening for the RTM will be held at 5:30 p.m. and will be followed by a question-and-answer session.

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