Phyllis Theermann
Wellesley High School Student Getting Signatures

Wellesley High School Green Team Members Getting Signatures

Throughout September and October, Sustainable Wellesley and the League of Women Voters of Wellesley lead a joint petition drive to help put an updated bottle deposit question on the ballot in November 2014. Our two groups agreed to collect 1,000 signatures, and with the help of many other green groups in town, we blew past that goal and turned in almost 1,500 signatures! We were joined by volunteers from Friends of Brookside, Friends of Morse’s Pond, Temple Beth Elohim, Unitarian Universalists of Wellesley, the Village Church, and the students on the Wellesley High School Green Team. Lead by students Matthew Hornung and Korinna Garfield, the WHS Green Team collected 139 signatures from students who are registered to vote, faculty, administrators, and even drivers in the school carpool lane (see photo).

The ballot initiative proposes a five-cent deposit on single-serve bottles that contain non-carbonated drinks such as water, sports drinks, juices, and tea. The current bottle deposit law covers only carbonated beverage containers, and beer cans and bottles. By updating the law, Massachusetts is likely to see a dramatic increase in recycling rates. Currently 80 percent of the carbonated beverage bottles covered by the deposit law are recycled, but only about 20 percent of non-carbonated beverage bottles are being recycled. Statewide, we are consuming 1.3 billion non-carbonated beverages every year—enough to fill Fenway Park to the Monster seats, according to MASSPIRG.

Volunteers from the League of Women Voters, MASSPIRG, the Environmental League of Massachusetts, and the Massachusetts Sierra Club have been gathering signatures statewide and thousands of petitions are now being reviewed and certified by town clerks. The certified petitions will then be submitted to the Secretary of the Commonwealth for review.

Phyllis Theermann

It’s Time You Knew the Truth about Water




“Necessary viewing for anyone who drinks water.” — Indiewire


Thursday February 28, 2013

6:30 PM

Wellesley Free Library

Free and Open to the Public

Registration is encouraged through EVENTBRITE


Discussion with members of Wellesley’s Department of Public Works

and Natural Resources Commission following the Film


Presented by

The Wellesley Cancer Prevention Project, Friends of Brookside,

Friends of Morses Pond, Sustainable Wellesley and

Wellesley Free Library


Come at 6:15 for sandwiches and refreshments

Film will start promptly at 6:30PM