Do Just One Thing For October 31, 2017

They feel like paper. They tear like paper. So they must be recyclable like paper, right? No, the little slips that come out of the ATM are not recyclable. The reason is that they’re not just paper; they’re made of something called “thermopaper” that is coated in plastic and is designed to react to heat. That’s how information is printed on the ATM slips with ink (and why they are slightly warm when you retrieve them). If you can, opt for no receipts at the ATM. But if you must have receipts, be sure to toss them in the trash and never recycle them.


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