Proposed bill would allow a 5-cent deposit on nip bottles

Hampden County

AGAWAM, Mass. (WWLP) – Single serving alcohol bottles or nips are sold at liquor stores everywhere and as a result, empty nip bottles are one of the most common littered items in Massachusetts.

A bill that is in the Legislature would allow a 5-cent deposit on nip bottles if passed.

Streets are littered with trash and a lot of that trash is empty nip bottles. One Agawam resident walks 10 miles a day, picking up litter to help clean up the environment. Jack Coughlin fills multiple 5-gallon buckets with the nips he finds on the sides of the roads.

Coughlin told 22News, “Sometimes in the thousands but certainly in the many hundred every day because you can go back 24 hours later. This was just two days later and I’m picking them up left and right.”

Coughlin walks the main streets of Agawam every day picking up trash on the side of the road. He said he mostly finds nip bottles and other alcohol bottles. On any given day, he can fill up a 55-gallon trash bag and then takes it home to dispose of properly.

The tiny bottles are a big problem for towns all across Massachusetts, not just locally.

Sandwich State Representative Randy Hunt filed the bill to allow deposits on nips. The legislature has rejected similar bills in the past. 

The state of Maine has banned the sale of nips completely to prevent litter and the eastern Massachusetts city of Chelsea has imposed a similar ban.

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