Mass. Lawmakers Consider 'Nips' Bottle Deposit To Keep Streets Clean

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Massachusetts lawmakers are considering a bill that would put a 5 cent deposit on nips — the popular mini-alcohol bottles.

Business owners have complained that the little plastic bottles litter the streets, and they end up being the ones to clean them up.

In 2018, Chelsea became the first municipality to ban nips entirely. Some other communities are also calling for a ban, including on Cape Cod.

The bill, that would require the deposit on nips, was introduced in 2017 and stalled. But on Thursday, it was discussed before a legislative committee in a hearing on Beacon Hill.

Currently, soda, beer, and sparkling water containers can be redeemed. A push to add other items like water bottles failed in 2014.

WBZ NewsRadio's Madison Rogers (@_madisonrogers) reports

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