Which Town Drinks the Most Nips in Greater Danbury? Not Ridgefield
Connecticut has a fun nickname for tiny liquor bottles, we call them "nips."
Connecticut also has a lot of slobs who throw these empty liquor bottles on the ground when they're done drinking them. The state has come up with a program to combat this littering issue called the "Nickel-per-Nip" program.
Nickel-per-Nip works like this, the state adds a 5 cent surcharge onto the sale of each of these bottles and every six months they give those nickels back to the town where the bottle was sold. Some of the cities/towns choose to use the money to put into anti-litter campaigns, others have teamed up with non-profit litter cleanup groups. The idea is to use the money to stop or cleanup the litter associated with these tiny bottles.
There is a fun side effect, we all get to see which towns & cities purchase the most "nips" in the State of CT. For the last 6 months (October 1, 2022 - March 31, 2023) that distinction goes to Bridgeport, CT who sold 1.6 million of them. Here is how the towns in the Greater-Danbury ranked from most nips to the least. These stats come from Beverage Journal.
1 - Danbury
- 882,607 nips sold
- $4,130 coming back to the city
2 - New Milford
- 391,019 nips sold
- $19,550 coming back to the town
3 - Bethel
- 197,734 nips sold
- $9,886 coming back to town
4 - Newtown
- 180,570 nips sold
- $9,028 coming back to town
5 - Brookfield
- 148,315 nips sold
- $7,415 coming back to town
6 - New Fairfield
- 75,001 nips sold
- $3,750 coming back to town
7 - Ridgefield
- 67,676 nips sold
Congrats on the victory Danbury! We talked about this on the Monday (5/8/23) edition of the I-95 Morning Show.
We even spoke with Brookfield First Selectman Tara Carr about it. We wanted to know what she thought of her town selling 148,000 nips in 6 months.