Assemblymember Ting Introduces Legislation to Reduce Waste by Increasing the Use of E-Receipts
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Assemblymember Ting Introduces Legislation to Reduce Waste by Increasing the Use of E-Receipts


The the hi. Cancel. Look at the like that also calling the skipped the slip legislation — For all of you who going to grocery stores or pharmacies and convenience stores and you end up buying a few things end up walking out with the receipt that seems to be this long with that this is a more life size version — But you could see — You’re you’re very used to seeing these very very long receipts — I think with one of the most fascinating facts is that. Almost all of these receive have BPA. We spent a significant amount of time to get BPA out of baby bottles and I’m very fortunate for that from my young children who who use those bottles after. We got rid of EPA but to actually know that each of these receipts almost every single one of my house BPA which obviously we know is harmful to the environment harmful to our health — It just to give you a couple stats from green America takes up to ten million trees and twenty one billion gallons of water in the United States every year. To produce these receipts and extracting those trees produces twelve billion pounds of Carmen carbon emissions. So what is our answer I think we have a very easy solution. Instead of making — Paper receipts the default let’s make electronic receipts for email receipts the default and you can get a paper receipt by request. And so AB one sixty one is it’s the default as of January first. Twenty twenty two if you go into many of the small businesses especially ones that of started more recently almost all of the. When you pay by credit card all those receipts you can say I don’t want a receipt for you can say just email me a receipt — That’s very very calm especially with the most of the new credit card type machines. Csus are seen as their standard business practice now — In addition — To you know what we talked about in terms of BPA — I think it’s so important to really highlight why these chemicals. Are so dangerous — We’ve worked to get him out of contact from our children — It doesn’t make sense to take this and put it into the recycling bin so then all of these chemicals go into a we street. And I was actually shocked I don’t actually know this until I actually started looking into this. Legislation because most people assume that all these they can’t be recycled. Because of the VPN. So again — It’s commonsense legislation we think it’s a minimal cost in this really putting the power back in the consumers by saying Hey if you want the paper. Yeah you can ask for that white why forced you to take the paper because most of us don’t want to while I mean. Most of us what we do with this paper only. Get home or get done because and it goes into the waste bin Acosta recycling right. So again — Why hasn’t biggest wholly unnecessary in against me that’s really bad for the environment so? We really are are proud introduced AB one sixty one today to skip to slip legislation we have two great speakers — The first speaker is going to be bred chamberlain this who’s the author of the story of stuff. And he’s reading a statement from green America so Brett. Thank you so ever ting good morning everyone. My name again is bred chamberlain reading a statement on behalf of green America. And for over thirty five years green America has work to grow the green economy and empower individuals by supporting environmentally and socially responsible businesses. This work includes striving to reduce the and energy. And implementing solutions that are beneficial to people and the planet. I’m here today on behalf of green America to lead to lend its full support for this new bill which insures the businesses will reduce there waste. And save resources by offering paperless receipts. Green America’s skip the slip campaign addresses the environmental and human health impacts of receipts. Using the paper calculator a trusted life cycle assessment tool from the environmental paper network green America estimates that U. S. receipt production consumes ten million trees. And twenty one billion gallons of water every single year and creates unnecessary waste and carbon dioxide emissions. Research from organizations such as the environmental paper network and ecology center of documented the prevalent use of bisphenol slike BPA or be PS. On thermal receipt paper we absorb these enter converse disrupting chemicals from touching receipts and a link to numerous health problems and pose risks for both consumers and for workers. For these reasons green America supports this new bill introduced by assemblymember Tang which will ensure paperless receipt will be offered to all customers in California by. Twenty twenty two the impacts of resource depletion and increasing greenhouse gas emissions are already being felt by communities worldwide. All sectors need to work aggressively towards greater sustainability and this is a wonderful step on the path reducing unnecessary waste from our daily lives. This measure will also lower costs by reducing the need for receipt paper making a positive for businesses as well. Green America applauds this leadership to steer businesses in the direction that will not only reduce waste. But also minimize exposure to potentially harmful toxins for employees and customers alike. Thank you. Thanks so much bread and next we got Nick lapis from Californians against with neck. Hi good morning I’m Nick lapis with environmental organization Californians against waste. Where in strong support of this bill and and frankly think it’s the perfect time to be introducing something like this? For many years — A lot of forms of of paper that weren’t truly recyclable. Were at out of sight now to my hold that all of our paper not recycling bins. And when that recycling bin gets taking to sort it gets taken to sorting facility. All of that paper ended up in a bail of mixed paper. That got shipped overseas to China. Where they’re basically picking out the good stuff and getting rid of the bad stuff? As of two years ago China has said they no longer want mixed bales of can of paperwork makes bales of plastic. They’re willing to take clean materials like a bale of all newsprint or bail of all office paper. But at things like your seats are now a contaminant in our recycling stream. So not only are they not recyclable they’re actually making our recyclables last recyclable. And frankly when we’re looking at this year gigantic crisis of of waste increase that we see in the last few years. The lowest hanging fruit for reducing waste is stuff like this. It’s that the category of products that you are handed. They you don’t want and the basically hold onto until you get to a trash can. If we can get rid of those we really can’t tackle the more difficult things. The people who want a receipt can still get a receipt the rest of us won’t have to carry a pocket for receipts until we get home to trash — So where — Proud to support this legislation in command Mr Tang. For a career of working on recycling issues thank you. Thank you Nick I think Nick Nick a hammer is a very good point home which is a for those of us who are very environmentally conscious and I put most Californians in that category. We have the blue bins at home for custom the very religiously figure out what we want to put to the blue been what goes in the blue band — Nowadays if you talk to many of the waste haulers isn’t really being recycled because of exactly what. Nick said traditionally the largest consumer of those — Blue bin items was China they’ve now said Hey we we are getting much more stringent about what we want so we’re not taking it. So guess without a lot of that blue been Mitchell is going it’s going in the landfill it’s actually not being recycled. So again if we actually care about recycling material if we care about. Doing something right for the environment that we have to make sure. What’s going in the blue bin is actually material that can be recycled there’s a there’s a market for recycling. In again with the product will actually be re use it somewhere. So again well one of the ways that we can ensure that says it’s making sure that these don’t go into our waste stream. That these receipts — Stay out of the waste stream the gold they don’t go into the blue band they don’t go on the black been they don’t need to even be created. So again we think this is commonsense legislation really appreciate — Brat in NYC for an joining us and and frankly are fabulous model here was get this what. And happy to take any questions if you the question two green America I’d be happy to provide you with contact information for staff members there. Some of those. This is the first one nation. America. Is not a statewide law and employment. Since restraining this week refer people question. So that others the social the questions is is are there any other states who are doing this legislation according to green America California is the first to be doing this. BPA and whites in the paper and opposition Sir I don’t of Brekken or or neck I’ll let the experts going to talk a little bit more sure as opposed to a conventional printer that we may have in our households are offices which apply in via an inkjet. A receipt papers thermally reactive it uses a different process at that requires the application of chemicals such as BPA and be PS which we have long since eliminated from a variety of other products that we come in contact with. However this is a residual source of potential toxicity not just for consumers particularly for workers who need to handle this type of paper every single day. The and plan and there’s a set of the higher. Education. So so you can just be going to our our website are simply website they were happy. To send that email in the email us unfortunately — Because the state regulations is not a very easy web twenty twenty two so gives plenty of time. For implementation — My understanding is already — Most retailers specially most large retailers there the software their point of sale systems already can. Do this so we giving them enough time to be able to implement and cost. We don’t have a cost estimate right now and is there any concern I know when I go and get a receipt. Has lots of coupons on it has lots of contextual information is there not a fear that. You’re you’re losing some marketing value from these companies that use these receipts to trying to push products. What will get I think there’s plenty of ways to push product that’s our goal digitally I mean we’re we’re seeing that more and more every day on our phones? So I don’t I don’t think that there’s so much of an impact I with that of the different companies speak for themselves what we’re focused on is really the impact on the consumers and really the impact on the environment. There’s a negative impact on the environment with these receipts the inability to recycle them as well as the contact with PPA. On top of it consumers need to figure out what to do with. Receipts once they get them. So again that’s something that – We’re gonna speak for themselves about the Ferris marketing — Issues that they may face. Small businesses are looking for them at all for them. No no exemptions — At this point a get what we’re saying is. That customers can ask for a paper receipt but the default should be an electronic receipt. Action I think small businesses have moved — Much faster in this area because many of the newer smaller cheaper terminals that’s the default the default is. You put your credit card in the machine you get a Cup of coffee this is a do we want a receipt you wanted email do you want to text. Give a wide variety of options so I think actually — Small businesses have already adopted this much faster it’s really these many of these a larger older legacy systems. That haven’t caught up to today’s times. Is there any. Of caution so where a of somebody because he military and they give you you give them an email that the person. Who gets the email doesn’t distributed out to other people I think so? I I think I think that’s a very legitimate concern so I think for those that’s that’s been that’s but but again — If you look about how ubiquitous our cellphones in our emails are it’s almost impossible to reall- Reverse that trend that that trend is is now sort of every every time we’re buying something online more more of us are buying more more of our things online. Was the thing we have to get them we have to get an email for oftentimes we have to give myself a number. But does a good for his motor vehicles. System and government — Bill sort of a problem — That kind of thinking we were sort of response. Particular issue seventy or already moving this way many consumers from. Removes way why just look at what what’s a good. Again — What’s the biggest reasons was the point that Nick really point out I don’t think most people are realizing that what they believe. Is being recycled is actually going into landfills. So — One of the easiest ways we can ensure that the recycling. The recycling that we actually put into our recycling bin actually gets recycled is by making that voicestream goals that are toxic — I think the other issue is is that most people don’t know tha. This can these receipts contain PPS I’d fact I was shocked to hear that — We’ve worked very very hard to have BPA not coming contact wit- Baby bottles and many other are plastic materials and in so it’s it’s really commonly while. A wide held knowledge that BPA is toxic in something that really we shouldn’t be in. Touch. So again to think that every time and getting receipt I’ve to touch aye BPA. Field receipt. Seems to be not only responsible but also very dangerous what it and the people to be. But what if. You take has been given to you at this point at this point — We we haven’t put in — Penalties. It’s twenty five dollars I’m sorry [inaudible] I apologize. It’s the same as a strong. Earlier this year and actually that’s two warnings right. Yes to warning yeah. So so the the link. At and the language is modeled on the straw legislation that passed last year. So there are two warnings. Before you get any fine and then you get a twenty five dollar fine after that. It’s intended to be a pre light touch. In terms of opportunity to do something similar here. The three hundred dollars. Yeah capped at three in just given that is Friedman lackey straws. Combined confidence level that this legislation will get past. What what the world were very hopeful that’ll get passed the sign this year — You know we’ve done some initial outreach to industry just to take their pulse and really more than happy to find ways — To work with them to make sure that this actually gets implemented. In women plan that uses. Always been introduced it was it was it was I introduced yesterday. Great thank you so much for coming house our last contest [inaudible] Speaker. I don’t know if Listerine. Described as well but again this is this is — What what what we’re showing is just what is a typical receipt and what is a typical receipt nowadays? Is not just a receipt of the items that you purchase is. A long. Again advertising so — Again you know we think that this doesn’t make a lot of sense it’s not very environmental it’s not recyclable and again — Having. BPA products in your household we know are dangerous. To both adults as well as to a potentially young children. So again if you think about you know why we don’t have BPA baby bottles — How many kids you know put stuff in their mouths rights you have receipts line around it the stars taken this in the mail? The same thing is given them a baby bottle with. So again on we think this is common legislation and we want to make sure that California again these this way. In this thing [inaudible] Thank you [inaudible] One no you know [inaudible] Just [inaudible] For okay

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