Wetherspoons, British Chain, Is Ditching Paper Receipts

The company says receipts are wasteful and people don't want them.

The British chain Wetherspoons will no longer give customer paper receipts.

Wetherspoons operates pubs and hotels across the United Kingdom and Ireland, becoming one of the first large businesses to abandon paper receipts. Customers can still ask for the receipts if they need one, but they will no longer be given them without a request.


The Telegraph reported that 11.2 billion receipts, or 7,300 tons of paper, are handed out every year in Britain. Because most paper receipts contain the plastic compound Bisphenol A, they can't be recycled and end up in landfills, the paper said. According to The Huffington Post, 10 million trees and 1 billion gallons of water are consumed every year to create receipts in the United States.

"We stopped because it created a mess at the bar, was a hassle for the pub teams plus it was a waste of paper and money as the customers didn't really want them either," a spokesperson for Wetherspoon told The Telegraph.

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Across the globe, major businesses are considering ways they can reduce their use of paper. Receipts have long been a target of environmentalists who say they are wasteful, unnecessary and not even wanted by consumers. Some customers from Wetherspoons complained in the chain's magazine, saying they had trouble remembering what they ordered without a receipt and were unsure if they paid the right amount. Still, the company thinks it's a smart move and insists anyone who asks for a receipt will get one. 

Other companies are in the process and moving away from paper and entirely to digital receipts. 


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