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Recycling mistakes you didn't know you were making, part 2: Paper receipts

That’s a tricky one. While non-thermal receipts can be recycled, thermal till receipts can’t. Thermal paper is also used for public transport and parking tickets.

Thermal paper receipts are shiny and turn black when you scratch them. They contain the chemicals bisphenol A (BPA) or bisphenol S (BPS) which have growing evidence they are harming the environment and human health. 

Bisphenol A is classified in the EU as toxic for human reproduction and could affect our health by disrupting our hormones. Bisphenol A (BPA) will be banned from receipts in the EU by 2020, but alternatives like BPS have similar concerns. Switzerland has now banned them both.

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Written by Sonja

From Clean Water to Beautiful Clothes | Oxfam GB

Recycling mistakes you didn't know you were making, part 3: Paper