The French National Assembly wants to abolish the receipt. According to a government bill, vouchers for amounts under ten euros will no longer be printed from September unless the customer expressly requests this. From 2021, receipts for amounts up to 20 euros will no longer apply, and from 2022 the mandatory limit will increase to 30 euros. The measure is aimed at combating piles of rubbish from unwanted receipts.
The French law against waste also provides for further measures to protect the environment: Accordingly, textiles and hygiene articles that are not for sale may no longer be destroyed from 2022. Instead, manufacturers have to donate them or, in the case of textiles, recycle them. France is a pioneer with laws against excess waste: in 2015, it was the first country in the world to prohibit supermarkets from throwing away edible food.
In addition, a new label for the repairability of televisions and cell phones is to be introduced. With this, the government wants to prevent 60 percent of defective electrical devices from ending up in the trash. Plastic waste is also to be reduced: fast-food restaurants must use reusable packaging and cutlery by 2023 at the latest. A deposit for plastic bottles based on the German model, which was also initially planned, will not be available for the time being.
A general receipt requirement was introduced in Germany on January 1. Since then, retailers and restaurants have had to give each customer a receipt, regardless of whether they want it. The finance ministry wants to combat tax fraud with the law, which according to finance minister Olaf Scholz (SPD) could fall by billions. The law is also controversial within the federal government: for example, Economics Minister Peter Altmaier (CDU) had spoken out shortly before it came into force.