Paper Receipts Put in Garbage Cart Do Not Recycle Receipts commonly contain a chemical called bisphenol-A (BPA). Since BPA can not easily be removed from the paper, receipts are not recyclable. Do Not Burn Avoid using receipts to light fires. Burning receipts releases toxic chemicals onto the air which are harmful when inhaled. Ways to Reduce Decline Receipts Decline a paper receipt when possible to reduce waste. Choose email receipts as an eco-friendly alternative if available.