California Could Ban Paper Receipts By 2022

The state of California is taking the next step towards a more environmentally-conscious future.

First plastic bags were banned, then the plastic straw and now the Golden State is coming after receipt paper.

California may become the first state to require businesses to offer electronic receipts unless customers specifically ask for paper copies.

On Tuesday, Democratic Assemblyman Phil Ting of San Francisco (with the help of a very tall paper receipt-dressed man) proposed legislation that would force businesses to offer customers e-receipts.

There are already many businesses in the Golden State and around the country that already offer electronic receipts, but this bill would require it as the standard.

Ting's argument says the law is needed because paper receipts pose a health risk many consumers are unaware of — chemicals Bisphenol-A (BPA) and Bisphenol-S (BPS), already prohibited in baby bottles, which cannot be recycled and with which most paper receipts are coated.

The bill would require all businesses to provide proof of purchase receipts electronically starting in 2022 unless a customer asks for a printed copy.

What are your thoughts on this potential change? Are you for or against the ban of paper receipts? Leave your comments!

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