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New Bill Introduced in California Would Make It the First State to Require Digital Receipts

By Carly Sitzer

A new bill introduced in the California Assembly proposes a mandate stating all retailers must offer digital receipts as the default to customers — rather than paper receipts — starting Jan. 1, 2022.  Should the bill pass, the new law would be the first of its kind in the nation. 

As Assemblymember Phil Ting, who introduced the bill, explained, the legislation would make a digital receipt the default, though customers will still be able to opt in for a paper receipt upon request. 

The recently introduced bill is in line with Green America’s “Skip the Slip” initiative, which organizers are hopeful will not only eliminate paper waste, but also protect consumers and workers from the toxins that often coat paper receipts. 

According to Green America, paper receipts’ impact on the environment is significant; their “Skip the Slip” report found that in the US, paper receipts use up to 10 million trees annually, consume 21 billion gallons of water, and generate 686 million pounds of waste and 12 billion pounds of CO2.