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Thermal Printer Paper: Is it Recyclable?

Thermal paper rolls have been around for over 50 years. Over that time, thermal paper has been utilized for POS receipts, labels, tickets, and even medical charts. It’s a highly-effective, very reliable, and extremely versatile paper source that grew in popularity in the 1970s. 

As the world became a little more eco-conscious over the years, thermal paper started to receive some criticism. Many people started to raise the question, “Can thermal paper be recycled?” and if not, what can we do to make it a little more friendly for the environment?

It’s a question that has stuck with thermal paper for decades and something many people continue to ask to this day. 

So, is thermal receipt paper recyclable? 

For the longest time, the answer to this question was no. The reason for this is due to the high levels of Bisphenol A, also known as BPA, found in thermal paper -- as well as other harmful phenols. In addition to not being recyclable, receipts coated in BPA shouldn’t be composted. 

The BPA and other phenols found in thermal paper aren’t removed during the recycling process. This means they’ll eventually find their way into the newly-recycled paper or recycled products. Since BPA and other phenols are harmful to the body, recycling and reusing it is just as harmful.

Even worse, composting BPA-coated paper will eventually dump those dangerous chemicals into the environment, our water supply, and much more. This not only harms the human body, but all those wonderful animals that we share this vulnerable planet with. In short, it’s an environmentalist's worst nightmare. 

3 1/8" x 230' BPA & BPS Free Thermal Paper (50 rolls/case) - Phenol Free


Is There a Solution To This Paper Problem?

Many of you are likely asking yourself what the solution is here -- is BPA-free thermal paper recyclable? The answer to that question is yes. Better yet, BPA-free and phenol-free thermal paper is becoming much more common in today’s environmentally-friendly society. 

Companies all around the world are much more eco-conscious today, largely because consumers are starting to demand it. In fact, many customers are refusing to support companies that aren’t taking the environment seriously -- including the use of BPA-free receipts.

More and more businesses are investing in BPA-free and phenol-free products to ensure their customers are happy -- as well as the environment. It’s a small price to pay and one that comes with a large amount of benefits and payoffs. In short, BPA-free thermal paper is well-worth it!

3 1/8" x 230' Thermal Paper (50 rolls/case) -- BPA Free


How Is POSPaper Contributing To the Solution? 

At POSPaper, we understand the growing demands of the consumer market. That’s why we supply companies with BPA-free thermal paper designed to help the environment and keep the human body out of harm’s way when dealing with receipts on a daily basis. 

In fact, we also supply a line of Phenol-free thermal paper that’s 100% recyclable. We offer various different sizes -- both in width and in length -- to ensure your company has access to everything it needs. You can even save some serious money with our bulk order discounts! 

Don’t hesitate to reach out to us today for more information on our BPA-free and Phenol-free thermal receipt paper. We can’t wait to hear from you!

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