In 2020, the “anti-waste and circular economy” law was adopted. Among other measures, the law in question provided for the end of the systematic printing of receipts. That is to say that the ticket would only be printed in the event of an explicit request from the customer, or the buyer, as reported by our colleagues from Parisian. The objective of this measure is to reduce the unnecessary production of waste, the receipts alone representing nearly 25 million trees felled and 18 billion liters of water consumed per year!
However, the entry into force of this measure is taking time. Indeed, it was originally to begin to apply from January 1, 2023. After an initial delay in the entry into force in question, the fateful date was set for April 1. Now the date has been pushed back again: a second false start.
According to the office of Olivia Grégoire, Minister in charge of Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises, Trade, Crafts and Tourism, “we consider that the time is not right for the measure to come into force”, as the report our colleagues from Capital. In question ? The inflationary context of recent times: indeed, discussions with consumer associations or even large retailers have highlighted the fact that very many French people wanted, all the more at present, to consult their ticket each checkout in order to be able to verify that they have indeed been debited with the exact amount.
The ministry is currently considering two new dates of entry into force, without having decided for the moment: August 1 and September 1. Matignon would lean more for the first, stipulating that this change would coincide in September with the back-to-school races, which could further destabilize consumers.