The City of Attleboro has been considering a product ban on small liquor bottles called nips. Last June, the Municipal Council voted 8-3 against a ban because they were concerned such policy would hurt small businesses.
Mayor Paul Heroux is taking another shot this spring – but small bottle bans won’t solve the litter problem. Bans like this will only drive consumers across town and state borders to buy small bottles from another store – shifting profits away from our communities.
There will be a public hearing on Tuesday, May 17. The Municipal Council is expected to vote on the issue, so we need as many people as possible to remind them that a ban is not the answer.
Nips make up a significant portion of liquor store sales and are essential to owner earnings. It is short-sighted to ban only nips when dozens of other products contribute to the city’s litter problem, like lottery tickets, cigarette butts, coffee cups, and food wrappers.
We need to develop real solutions to make our streets cleaner, instead of focusing on one-off bans that damage our economy.
Let’s come together to develop real solutions to make our streets cleaner, instead of focusing on one-off bans that could damage our economy.
We are a 501(c)6 organization of small businesses and retailers across the state that is dedicated to solving the problem of litter without causing economic damage.
Small bottle bans could hurt revenue by as much as 15% or more. This is the absolute worst time to inflict losses on the local business community.
Bans will just drive consumers across town and state borders to buy small bottles from another store - shifting profits away from our communities.
On the road alongside those small bottles you’ll also see lottery tickets, cigarette butts, coffee cups, and food wrappers.