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Falmouth Bans Single-Use Bottled Water And Nips

September 16, 2020

One type of water and one type of alcohol will no longer be for sale in Falmouth as of next year.

At Town Meeting on Monday, September 14, Falmouth voters approved a ban on both single-use plastic water bottles and nips, which are small plastic bottles of liquor. The ban is supposed to take effect on October 1, 2021.

Nips, which are oftentimes close to one shot worth of liquor in a bottle, make up 32 percent of the town’s littering, according to The Cape Cod Times.

Meanwhile, small business owners were reportedly not happy that the town banned bottled water because it’s a popular purchase not only in the summer with tourists, but year-round. Plus, boxed water and water in aluminum cans is more expensive.

Falmouth is the first Cape town to ban nips, and the third to ban single-use plastic water bottles — after Brewster and Wellfleet.



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