BOSTON (WHDH) - The Boston City Council is scheduled to discuss a possible ban on small liquor bottles known as “nips” at its meeting Wednesday, a matter of days after Councilor Ricardo Arroyo proposed such a ban.
Arroyo announced on Monday that he had filed a hearing order to discuss the potential ban on nips, which he said are too small to be recycled. As a result, Arroyo said, the bottles add to a large amount of litter within Boston
In a statement, Arroyo noted other cities and towns across Massachusetts including Chelsea, Newton, Falmouth, Wareham and Mashpee that have banned the sale of nips locally.
Outside Massachusetts, Arroyo also noted bans in Albuquerque, Chicago and Maine.
Arroyo said nips have a “detrimental impact on the health and wellbeing of Boston residents,” also pointing to a drop in public intoxication incidents and alcohol related ambulance responses in communities that have implemented bans.
Arroyo’s hearing order asks to bring officials from the Boston Public Health Commission and the Licensing Board before the City Council to discuss a possible ban.
Arroyo is expected to present the order at the council’s meeting at 12 p.m. Wednesday.
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