Phyllis Theermann

Wellesley Middle School student Vaani Kapoor and her sister organized a plastic pick-up day along Route 9 in April. After this event, where Wellesley students picked up 17+ bags of waste in less than a half a mile, Kapoor came to a Sustainable Wellesley event and a Natural Resources Commission meeting to discuss how to expand and sustain these efforts.

Now Kapoor, her family and many amazing Wellesley Middle Schools students will be doing another clean up this Sunday. Please consider joining them on Sunday, May 19th at 9 AM at the Middle School.

“There is unseen plastic all over our town” said Kapoor. “While we are celebrating Wellesley this weekend, the amount of litter will most likely increase. If you would like to help make a change, please join us this weekend for our second monthly plastic pickup,” Kapoor said enthusiastically.

Support this youth-led volunteer effort and show your Wellesley pride by limiting your waste, and picking up during and after the parade and fireworks.

Phyllis Theermann

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Two sisters, Ayesha & Vaani, are hoping to reduce plastic in local communities by elimination, education and prevention. These Wellesley Public School students have learned how plastic is destroying the Earth but are frustrated that not many people are doing anything about it. They want to make a change. They believe the first step to doing so is by picking plastic up from the streets of our own town.

Please join them on Saturday, April 27th from 2-3pm to pick up plastic, and other litter from the sidewalk of Route 9 that stretches from Cliff road to Kingsbury street.  Meet at the bottom of Cliff road, at the intersection with Route 16, where they will provide the trash collection bags and gloves.

“We would just like people to come with a positive attitude, and be ready to help, and if they cannot join us, we would love for people to go out to their backyards and streets and help remove plastic from their community,” said Ayesha & Vaani. “Thank you so much for all you help!”

They were aware of the challenges plastic creates in the world, but did not realize how people were personally being affected by it until they had the opportunity to visit India. There they saw first hand that people were living in areas where their houses were surrounded by plastic waste. They were inspired to bring some change and created The Project Plastic USA  – follow the initiative on Instagram @projectplasticusa.

Their goal is to reduce plastic locally by picking it up from the roads, educating people about the harms plastic creates, and lastly preventing large companies to produce single use plastic products. They are starting with the clean up in their neighborhood in hopes of motivating other communities to do the same – perhaps, eventually, reaching places similar to the ones they saw in India.

The Friends of Brookside is hosting its annual Spring Clean-up this Saturday, April 13, at 9 am. Feel free to bring family, friends and neighbors to the meeting spot at Longfellow Pond (off of Oakland St).

Friends of Brookside is a community association of Wellesley residents dedicated to protecting and preserving Scenic Brookside Road, Longfellow Pond, Town Forest, Rosemary Brook and Brookside Community Gardens. The Brookside area boasts natural beauty in all seasons.