Campus Receipt Reduction

Iamge of Wasted Recipts

If UW-Madison’s annually produced receipts were held back-to-back starting in Madison, they would stretch to Dallas, Texas and beyond.

The Office of Sustainability, along with ASM, Physics Garage and an Environmental Studies Capstone Course, is working in partnership with UW-Madison entities to reduce receipt production on campus. Goals for each entity are based on what makes sense from a point-of-sale perspective, but may include going paper-free, reducing the number of receipts printed, or switching to BPA-free paper.

Partners
Meet our receipt reduction partners:

  • Housing Dining and Culinary Services (uses BPA-free receipt paper, uses standard business practices to print all transactions)
  • Wisconsin Union (switching to BPA-free receipt paper, uses standard business practice to print all transactions)
  • DoIT (all transactions are paperless unless signature for credit card is required, receipt paper type unknown)
  • Transportation Services (receipt paper type unknown, citations can be paid online, examining receipts in office)
  • Babcock Dairy (receipt paper type unknown, 2/3 registers only print a receipt when transaction is over $25, unless a signature for a credit card is required)

Image of a Single Recipt

 

Baseline Receipt Use 

Based on estimates of 2013 data, the following annual cost associated with receipts were calculated. (Note: Study is based on data provided and remain estimates until further data can be obtained.)

  • Housing, Dining and Culinary Services spends an estimated of $35,000 annually on receipt paper. The length of receipts produced annually is over 550 miles/year. If the receipts the Housing, Dining and Culinary Services made in one year were held back-to-back from Madison, they would would reach to Memphis, Tennessee.
  • Wisconsin Union spends an estimated $17,000 annually on receipt paper. The length of receipts produced annually is over 275 miles/year. If the annually produced receipts were held back-to-back from Madison, they would reach Indianapolis, Indiana.

 

Campus Receipt Reduction: Newell’s Deli

This semester, UW Housing, the Office of Sustainability, and the ASM Sustainability Committee have started a pilot program for receipt reduction at Newell’s Deli in Smith Hall.  Employees at Newell’s Deli are no longer printing receipts for customers paying with cash or a WisCard.  Customers still have the option to request a receipt, however, the new default for employees is to ask whether or not the customer would like a receipt before actually printing one.  This both reduces waste and saves money.
 

Contact

If you would like more information or want to get  involved with the campuswide initiatives to eliminate, reduce, or use BPA-free receipts, please contact info@sustainability.wisc.edu