A California assemblyman has introduced a law barring retailers from printing paper receipts unless a customer requests one. Otherwise they’d be required to provide proof-or-purchase receipts “only in electronic form.”
An anonymous reader quotes CNBC:
Stores that give out printed receipts without first being asked by the customer could be subject to fines [of $25 per day, up to $300 per year]…. Proponents of the bill say the legislation would help reduce waste as well as contaminants in the recycling stream from toxins often used to coat the paper-based receipts… Up to 10 million trees and 21 billion gallons of water are used annually in the U.S. to create receipts, according to Green America, a green ecology organization. It said receipts annually generate 686 million pounds of waste and 12 billion pounds of carbon dioxide, or the equivalent of 1 million cars on the road…
Then again, the use of electronic receipts raises some privacy concerns since retailers usually require an email address for an electronic receipt and companies will then be able to potentially track and collect more data about customers.
If the bill passes, digital receipts would become California’s default option on January 1, 2022.