Say ‘No’ to ATM and Gas Station Pump Receipts

I’ve heard and read for awhile about people saying ‘No’ to receipts which you control if they get printed or not. Pushing ‘No’ when asked ‘Would you like a receipt?” not only saves paper, but it also reduces the chance the receipt will end up as litter. The two best examples of where to say ‘No” is at ATMs and gas stations pumps.

In the past, I would have a receipt printed for every transaction and my wallet ended up being filled with receipts that I didn’t even need. I regularly check my bank statement online so I’ve seen that printing out a receipt has become a waste. I’ve been saying ‘No’ for a few weeks now. So far so good.

There are approximately 8 billion ATM transactions in the United States every year. According to Market Watch, if everyone in the United States would select the no-receipt option at the ATM, it would save a roll of paper more than two billion feet long, or enough to circle the equator 15 times. Some hotels and other companies are now giving the option of receiving your receipt via e-mail rather than a printed one. Good for those companies like Nationwide Auto Transportation for thinking ahead and thinking of the environment.

Just Say ‘No’ and save some trees.

Clay Miller
the authorClay Miller
I am the creator/writer of and I'm an advocate for oceans, beaches, state parks. I enjoy all things outdoors (e.g. running, golf, gardening, hiking, etc.) I am a graduate of the University of Kentucky (Go Wildcats!!). I'm also a huge fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers. I was born and raised in the beautiful state of Kentucky.


  • We must consider things 80/20. For most of the time, we don’t need to ask the ATM receipt. But in some cases, such as if you want to know the transaction record, you must get the paper out.

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