By Don't Trash Wareham | May 03, 2017

House Bill H3528, if it passes, will impose a 5 cent deposit on nip bottles. A nip is properly called a miniature which is defined in the bill 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.”

As we all know, nips are one of the most frequently picked up pieces of litter by our volunteers.

Proponents of the bill are asking citizens and students to sign petitions in support of the 5 cent deposit. They believe the deposit will reduce the amount of nips as litter. Approximately 70% of all cans and bottles are currently redeemed. Users of nips may begin saving them to return. Others will pick up the nips along with the cans and bottles they already pick up, and redeem them. The end result should be fewer nips along the town’s roads, on the beaches, and in the parks.

Don’t Trash Wareham is spearheading the petition drive. We are trying to get as many signatures as we can. Currently, petitions are available to sign at the Main Library at 59 Marion Road and Spinney Library at 259 Onset Avenue. Anyone can get a copy of a petition by emailing  Petitions may be signed by any adult or student from any town, so the petitions could be brought to work, signed by family members and so forth.

Petitions may be dropped off at either library or could also be mailed directly to Paul Hebert, 142 Strawberry Hill Road, Centerville, MA 02632.

In addition, everyone is encouraged to phone or email Representative Susan Williams Gifford, who is also a co-sponsor at 617-722-2100 or State Senator Marc Pacheco, who is a member of the committee reviewing the bill may be reached at 617-722-1551 or at

Comments (13)
Posted by: Spherebreaker | May 03, 2017 07:51

What we really need is a method for tracking and the disposal of pet waste. This will ensure it is disposed of properly and not flushed into waterways during rain storms. I suggest that a site be set up where pet owners can bring this waste so it can be disposed of or composted properly. It should be dropped off on a daily basis in individual bags so it can be counted to make sure we get it all and check on the health of the animal. If you have 2 dogs and a cat, you should be dropping off at least 3 bags per day or a tax will be collected for each uncollected bag.  Lizards and snake bags can be collected monthly with birds, ferrets, hamsters and rabbits being exempt.

Posted by: Don't Trash Wareham | May 03, 2017 08:07

Very funny. But ask any of the 375 + volunteers who cleaned up over the weekend--very little animal waste is found since conscientious folks pick up after their pets. On the other hand, volunteers pick up a tremendous number of nip bottles when they clean. Some of us are trying to make Wareham a better place by removing as much litter from our streets, parks and beaches as we can so everyone can enjoy the beauty of our town.

Posted by: Spherebreaker | May 03, 2017 08:42

I can see Nip bags available soon. Just push a straw in and squeeze.

Posted by: Andrea Smith | May 03, 2017 09:47

From Wareham Week, May 21, 2014, a reminder in words and pictures of the degree to which nip bottles contribute to Wareham's trash problem.


"Community members cleaning up both sides of Wareham were represented at Tuesday's Selectmen meeting, bringing with them examples of extreme cases of litter in town.

Jim Bruce and his wife Mary came to the meeting with four large trash bags filled with empty alcoholic 'nip' bottles.

"This was just on the side of one 500-foot section of road," said Mary Bruce. She said she took town Conservation Agent David Pichette out by the train bridge in West Wareham and collected these bottles on the side of the road, not including down the embankment, which she said was much worse."


For full article and pictures:

Posted by: cranky pants | May 03, 2017 12:21

As a retired alcoholic I'd really love to see this implemented. Not only is it disgusting to see the trash everywhere, but it's simply annoying to know that drunks are out there in full force driving around in very powerful weapons.

I'd be able to quit my job and go full time just collecting and returning the bottles these slobs leave around.

Posted by: Chaka | May 04, 2017 01:31

You should do an online petition. If it's easier and doesn't involve having to print something out and then go to the post office, then more people will sign it. This is a great idea and I thank you for sharing it.

Posted by: Don't Trash Wareham | May 04, 2017 07:16

You make a good point. Stopping by one of the libraries or printing and mailing a petition can present a challenge to some. If doing everything online is a preferred choice, please check the last paragraph of the above article. Email your representative and senator to show your support. Thank you for your interest and concern!

Posted by: Rosebud | May 04, 2017 14:12

The petition is a great idea, but would people who cannot afford a full-sized container of alcohol go out of their way to get a nickle back?  I think the deposit needs to be much higher.  Further, my opinion is that underage drinkers are the ones throwing out  most of the empty nips.

Posted by: cranky pants | May 04, 2017 17:04

I'd be happy with any amount of refund offered, at least it would incline someone to recycle be it the end user or perhaps someone who just collects bottles to make ends meet.

Either way it would strongly deter the onslaught of bottles just floating around needlessly.

Posted by: Hairy Buttz | May 04, 2017 17:09


Posted by: Twiceburnt007 | May 04, 2017 22:10

I would bet that even a 3cent return would have a huge impact ! Make it a nickel and then evaluate it in 6 months ! A beginning is better than nothing or months of useless rhetoric

Posted by: Hairy Buttz | May 04, 2017 22:17


Posted by: cranapple | May 13, 2017 07:01

Wished there was a like button.  Seems like many towns are having this nip bottle problem. A nip or bottle disposal would be great. Towns also needs a needle drop off box if there isn't already. Don't mess the towns or put others at risk.

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