Attleboro liquor stores unhappy about proposed ban on ‘nips’ and mini bottles

ATTLEBORO, M.A. (WLNE) — Liquor retailers in Attleboro are unhappy with a list of new ordinances proposed by the mayor, that if passed, would ban the sale of mini bottles of alcohol, like nips and shots.

The ordinance is just one of nine proposed by Mayor Paul Heroux to make his city ‘cleaner and greener.’ If passed, other ordinances would ban Styrofoam and plastic cup waste, as well as straws. 

“This is the direction that society is going in,” Heroux told ABC6 on Tuesday. 

But local liquor stores feel the mayor’s ordinance is unfair. 

“You’d be amazed at the amount of customers who use [nips] as an add-on to their purchase,” said Josh DeFronzer of City Spirits on Pleasant Street.

On Monday, a number of liquor stores banded together to take out a full-page ad in Attleboro’s Sun Chronicle newspaper, urging city councilors to vote against the mayor’s ordinance.

City Spirits and other retailers in town are in favor of a deposit system, which they say will crack down on litter and benefit the city’s businesses. 

“It would enable people to be less likely to throw money out the window because they are paying for the deposit,” said DeFronzer. “It would also incentivize citizens to pick them up off the street for redemption purposes.”

But the mayor says it’s more than just a littering issue.

“Nips are purchased because they are an easy way for someone to drink and drive and quickly dispose of the evidence,” explained Heroux. “People jus throw those [nips] out the window.”

If a deposit system were to be established for mini bottles, it would have to be done at the state-level. Attleboro could not set up such a program just for their city.

The mayor added, “Using a 5 cent deposit also is not going to eliminate the manner in which these bottles are produced, which uses petrochemicals, which are bad for the environment.”

Mayor Heroux wants city council to vote on the ordinances as soon as possible, and hopes to see them go into effect starting January 1, 2021. 

However, there is no set schedule for the council to vote on the ordinances. The mayor says it could be weeks, even months before these items are discussed again.

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