Quincy Could Ban Sales Of Nips To Reduce Litter

Photo: WBZ NewsRadio / Jim MacKay

QUINCY (WBZNewsRadio) - Mayor of Quincy, Thomas Koch said he is interested in asking the city's license board to ban the sale of mini liquor bottles, or nips. Koch says the move would help keep the city's 27 miles of coastline cleaner, combat litter and quell other problems like underage drinking.

But not everyone agrees.

"It's easier to grab a couple of them, than to grab a big bottle." Quincy resident Steve told WBZ's Jim MacKay. Others he spoke to said it's all about cost, many nips running on a 10-for-$10 sale price, it's a lot cheaper than going to a bar and having a few drinks, or even buying a large bottle.

The decision to ban the sale is entirely up to the Quincy License Board, which controls liquor licenses. Koch said he expects pushback from local liquor store owners and said he's held off on presenting this proposal as the stores recover from the coronavirus pandemic.

For Quincy, banning the small bottles to keep the trash at bay is in line with decisions made in the past to keep the city clean. Plastic bags were banned in the city two years ago by the city council, citing environmental reasons.

Quincy isn't the first municipality to ban the miniature bottles. Chelsea was one of the first communities to initiate the ban in 2018, and towns including Newton, Mashpee and Falmouth also have bans in place. Wareham's ban will take effect May 11.

WBZ's Jim MacKay (@JImMacKayOnAir) reports

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