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A couple weeks ago a California Assemblyman introduced a bill that would ban paper receipts in the state. To be precise, the bill would require the customer to ask for one, similar to the state’s straw ban. The announcement made some news, mostly for the poor staffer who was stuck wearing a life-size receipt over his head.
As with the straw ban, there are alternatives for those who still want a receipt but don’t want the piece of paper. Many big retailers already offer e-receipts. I can think of two local retailers that send the receipts to my email rather than printing it. The downside, of course, is that you’ll need to give the retailer your e-mail address and that means you’ll likely be getting constant advertising pitches and sale updates. Friday, an opinion columnist for Bloomberg argued there’s another problem with the plan to ban receipts: It won’t accomplish much of anything.
Numbers - Context - Tons - Paper - Receipts
Those might still sound like big numbers. But, in context, they’re not. Even 314,000 tons of paper receipts amount to less than .08 percent of the more than 400 million tons of all paper products...
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