Walk along any road or sidewalk in Massachusetts, and it’s obvious that we have a serious problem with littered “nip” bottles.
State House Representative Randy Hunt of Sandwich has filed a bill (House Bill no. 3528) that would add a 5-cent deposit on the sale of nips. The primary goal of the bill is to give consumers an incentive to return empty nip bottles, rather than toss them onto the streets.
“Litter is one of the most common issues that constituents approach me about,” said Hunt. “Living on a busy street in Sandwich, I see dozens of those little nips on the side of the road every day. Oftentimes, when I walk to pick up my mail, I find three, four, five nips. The idea of adding nips to the bottle bill seemed like a straightforward, practical, and potentially effective legislative tool to reduce litter by providing a financial incentive to encourage people to pick them up.”
The bill defines a nip as “any sealable bottle, can, jar or carton which is primarily composed of glass, metal, plastic or any combination of those materials that has a capacity of not more than 100 milliliters and is produced for the purpose of containing an alcoholic beverage.”
Photo credit: Ana Gordon of Fireballs of Salem.