California is one step closer to reducing the amount of waste that cannot be recycled.
On 8 January a member of the Assembly San Francisco Phil ting introduced a new law that requires businesses to offer customers electronic receipts instead of paper. For greater clarity, a paper receipt is portrayed the man who’s 20 minute press conference with a straight face stood in the costume of a giant cheque.
According to Ting, consumers do not realize that most paper checks are covered in chemicals and not be recycled because they can contaminate other recycled paper. We did not hesitate to take checks in the shops and, most of all, they are already in the trash. Thus the amount of waste is increasing.
Many large companies already refuse paper checks, but perhaps a law that (if it will) will come into effect in 2022, would be impractical for small businesses or shops in rural areas where there is no Internet connection.
Ting mentioned that millions of trees and billions of gallons of water are annually used for the production of paper checks, so the new law will help save valuable natural resources.
No more paper receipts! 10 million 🌲, 21 billion gallons of 🌊 & 12 billion pounds of carbon emissions to make receipts in the US every year. I introduced #AB161 today to help CA #SkipTheSlip by making e-receipts, the default practice by 2022; paper only upon request. pic.twitter.com/FFDQZICqcY
— Phil Ting (@PhilTing) January 8, 2019