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AF&PA Testifies in Opposition of California State Assembly Efforts to Prohibit Businesses from Providing Paper Receipts to Consumers

Jul 03, 2019

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WASHINGTON - In testimony before the California Senate Committee on Environmental Quality, the American Forest & Paper Association called for the legislature to reconsider efforts to create unnecessary barriers for consumers to receive paper receipts at point-of-purchase, except upon request. The full testimony text can be found here.

Stewart Holm, AF&PA Chief Scientist

“Proponents of AB 161 have continually repeated environmental and health concerns about paper receipts that simply are not true. Paper receipts are safe for consumers and point-of-sale employees, and to make claims to the contrary to frighten the public is irresponsible. The scientific community has not established any health risks associated with exposure through paper receipts, which is why Californians have received no warnings about the dangers of handling receipts under Proposition 65. Furthermore, paper receipts are an environmentally responsible option.

“If the bill’s supporters were truly concerned about alleged health hazards of paper receipts, state lottery tickets, parking tickets, boarding passes and other government receipt documentation would not be exempt from AB 161. These legislators know paper receipts produced by the state of California are as safe as any receipt generated by local businesses, but they have no problem burdening business owners and consumers in the name of unfounded science.”


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The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) serves to advance a sustainable U.S. pulp, paper, packaging, tissue and wood products manufacturing industry through fact-based public policy and marketplace advocacy. AF&PA member companies make products essential for everyday life from renewable and recyclable resources and are committed to continuous improvement through the industry’s sustainability initiative — Better Practices, Better Planet 2020. The forest products industry accounts for approximately four percent of the total U.S. manufacturing GDP, manufactures nearly $300 billion in products annually and employs approximately 950,000 men and women. The industry meets a payroll of approximately $55 billion annually and is among the top 10 manufacturing sector employers in 45 states. Visit AF&PA online at or follow us on Twitter @ForestandPaper.