Not all receipts are created equally. You’ve got your plain paper receipt printed with ink and you’ve got your thermal paper receipts. You can tell the difference because the thermal paper is shiny from embedded chemicals. You’re wise to ask if these potentially toxic receipts are recyclable.
Not all municipalities/recyclers will take thermal paper receipts; however, Republic in Indianapolis will accept thermal paper as long as it’s not on the roll. If you’re outside of Indy, I recommend contacting your public works office or recycler to ask before unloading your Costanza wallet into the recycle bin. Some cities may not want it to contaminate or decrease the value of higher grade recycled fibers. Both Greenwood (Best Way Disposal) and Fort Wayne (Republic) recycling programs accept thermal receipt paper.
Plain paper receipts are always welcome. Unless you’re a freak about balancing
your checkbook (who does that anymore?!?!), you may also try to get in the habit
of letting store clerks know that you don’t need a receipt.