Assemblyman Phil Ting called for the phasing out of paper receipts on Tuesday Jan. 9, 2018. (Courtesy photo)

Ting wants to get rid of paper receipts

A state assemblyman from San Francisco on Tuesday introduced legislation that would seek to phase out paper receipts and make electronic receipts the default practice when making a purchase.

Assembly Bill 161, proposed by Assemblyman Phil Ting, D-San Francisco, would make businesses in the state have to provide e-receipts to customers by 2022 unless they specifically request a hard copy.

“Most of us don’t need a physical receipt for every transaction. It doesn’t make sense to kill so many trees … to make something we don’t often need,” Ting said in a news release.

He cited a report last year by the nonprofit Green America that found that up to 10 million trees and 21 billion gallons of water are used in the U.S. every year just to create receipts.

The proposal, if approved, would make California the first state in the country to mandate a move toward e-receipts, according to Ting’s office.

-Dan McMenamin, Bay City NewsCaliforniaPolitics

If you find our journalism valuable and relevant, please consider joining our Examiner membership program.
Find out more at www.sfexaminer.com/join/

Just Posted

FBI arrests alleged gang member in killing of Mission teen

Both suspect and victim had worked on anti-gun violence campaigns

Tenderloin residents rally to demand return of 27-Bryant and 31-Balboa buses

Transit-dependent riders in the neighborhood say they’re cut off from essential services

Sergeant cleared in shooting of man on meth ‘rampage’

A San Francisco police sergeant has been cleared of criminal wrongdoing for… Continue reading

Protected bike lane, safety measures proposed for dangerous stretch of Folsom Street

Folsom Street between Second and Fifth streets has been the site of… Continue reading

Giants to host first leg of Bay Bridge Series

Among the changes made to the Major League Baseball schedule this year… Continue reading

Most Read