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Film Trashing Plastic in Waterways Screens Friday

A documentary about plastic waste and waterways will be shown at Mildred Owen Concert Hall.

Imagine Linda Mar Beach, littered with plastic and inhabitable for marine life—no more midday surf and certainly no more Snowy Plovers.

Bag It explores just such a possible future. A screening of the award-winning documentary about how trash plastics affect waterways will be held at on Friday.

The film prompts viewers to confront the question: Is your life too plastic?

Though Pacifica beaches are still in great shape, according to the , Bag It's message is sure to resonate with residents of the coastal city.

Heal The Bay is a non-profit environmental group that issues an annual "report card" for Bay Area beaches. The grading scale is based on monitoring and water sample results of local agencies, with a higher grade indicating that the water is cleaner and beach-goers are at lower risk of contracting illness.

Rockaway, Sharp Park and Linda Mar beaches all received an A+ grade this year. This report card was not designed to grade the amount of trash found at the beaches, however. 

The issue of trash in Pacifica's waterways has fallen on locals to resolve.

Groups like the Pacifica Beach Coalition have advocated in support of cleanup efforts on Sharp Park and Linda Mar beaches.

On Earth Day this year the coalition enlisted 7,000 volunteers for a beach clean-up. By Pacifica Beach Coalition's official count, more than 13,000 pounds of trash and recycling were recovered.

Bag It has been shown at venues across the country to inspire like efforts, and has garnered awards at numerous film festivals including "Best of Festival Award" at the Monterey Blue Ocean Film Festival in Monterey.

Bag It screening

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Where: , 1220 Linda Mar Boulevard

Cost: $10 suggested tax-deductible donation at the door, kids under 12 are free

The Humpbacks will also be playing live music at the screening venue.

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