Backing for MP's bid to scrap paper receipts in France

Government supports amendment which would make receipts for smaller purchases available by request only

Receipts for smaller purchases are set to become optional under an amendment to an anti-waste bill currently making its way through parliament.

Under the terms of the amendment, which has government backing, anyone making a purchase of less than €30 will have to request a receipt otherwise one will not be issued, from January 2022.

If the measure, is adopted, the initiative will be rolled out gradually from Septermber 2020, starting with purchases totalling €10 or less. It will be extended to purchases of €20 or less from January 1, 2021.

It is "a small gesture for a great cause," Hérault LREM deputy Patricia Mirallès, who proposed the amendment, told AFP.

Another amendment also proposes a ban on thermal paper - the lightweight paper used in many tills, which is coated in the chemical bisphenol A. - in France from 2024.

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