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I used to put receipts in my composters

Am I worrying too much and is it only minimal risk?

Before I realised many shop receipts contain BPA, I used to shred my shop receipts and put them in my composters. I have then used tbis compost in my garden, where I grow fruit and veg.

Have I any health concerns to worry about because of this?


  • ArbitraryRandom
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    edited 27 June 2023 at 7:37PM
    No one on here can speak for your concerns - our views are our own and only you can decide about your health. 

    So let me instead ask: Are you concerned about the possibility of the BPA leaching into your skin from handling the receipt? 

    (Alternatively, do you avoid caned food and drink, as BPA/BPS containing plastic is used to line almost every can.) 

    If not, then the comparatively lower, diluted amounts in the compost available to 'contaminate' what you are growing (especially since you are almost certainly not hot composting, so the plastics will have degraded over time) should equally not be a problem. 
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  • Thank you.

    You have put it into context for me.

    Canned tomatoes in my kitchen and handling the receipts themselves probably carry more risk, but still extremely small.

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