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Nip Bottle Bill at the State House

We’ve seen the tiny nip bottles littering the gutters, streets and parks. (If you’ve never noticed, now you will. Southie loves throwing Fireball nips on the ground.) Well, a bill to attach a five-cent deposit to nip bottles will be discussed on Wednesday at 11am at the State House. It will be heard by the Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy

Advocates hope the bill would reduce litter and potentially encourage people to return the teeny bottles instead of just throwing them on the ground.

So how does it work?

Well, it would amend the current bottle bill and include nip bottles to the list of containers that are eligible for a deposit.

What exactly is a nip?

A nip is defined 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 100 milliliters or less and is produced for the purpose of containing an alcoholic beverage.”

Chelsea has gone one step further by completely banning the sale of nips. Needless to say the package store industry is not thrilled with that ban.

Also being discussed today at the State House will be whether or not to allow 16 and 17-year-olds to vote in local municipal elections.

Image via Fireballs of Southie on Instagram

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Maureen Dahill is the editor of Caught in Southie and a lifelong resident of South Boston sometimes mistaken for a yuppie. Hockey mom, yoga enthusiast, lover of red wine and binge watching TV series. Mrs. Peter G. Follow her @MaureenCaught.