TODAY, Thursday, May 10, please email or call Rep. Jeffrey Sánchez, chair of the state legislature’s House Committee on Ways and Means, and ask him to have the committee release An Act Promoting the Proper Disposal of Miniatures (H.3528) for a vote by the House of Representatives. (See below for contact information and a sample message.)

H.3528, filed by Rep. Randy Hunt from Sandwich, adds nips bottles to the
five-cent bottle deposit law. This bill does not create a new tax. The five cents is a refundable deposit on nips bottles—the same as already exists for carbonated soft drinks, beer, malt beverages and sparkling waters.

The refundable deposit law has significantly reduced the disposal and littering of carbonated beverage containers, resulting in 80 percent of them being recycled. Adding nips to the deposit law will help reduce litter by giving consumers an incentive to return empty nips bottles for the five-cent deposit instead of tossing them onto our roads, parks and beaches.

Send a message to Chairman Sánchez today, Thursday, May 10. Ask him to help reduce litter from nips bottles!

Contact Information:

Chairman Jeffrey Sánchez
House Committee on Ways and Means
Jeffrey.sanchez@mahouse.gov
617-722-2990

Sample message:

Dear Chairman Sánchez,

The proliferation of discarded miniature alcohol “nips” bottles has caused a significant litter problem in Massachusetts. An Act Promoting the Proper Disposal of Miniatures (H.3528) adds nips bottles to the five-cent bottle deposit law, creating an incentive for consumers to return the bottles for a refund rather than tossing them onto our roads, parks and beaches. Please release this bill from House Ways and Means as soon as possible so it can be voted on by the full House.

Thank you.

(Your name and address)

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