The Recycled Paperboard Technical Association is a non-profit association that brings together the expertise of paper mills worldwide that manufacture products from at least 90 percent recovered fiber. RPTA is dedicated to the improvement of the recycled paperboard industry.

RPTA member companies have been recycling recovered paper since the turn of the 20th century. This heritage of responsible resource management has forged a tradition of innovation and ingenuity that is unmatched in the paper-making industry.

Serving the needs of companies engaged in producing recycled paperboard since 1953, RPTA is dedicated to the improvement of the industry through product stewardship, benchmarking, materials investigations, and education.

Read about RPTA's long-standing commitment to the use of recovered fiber and recycling here.

Sustainability News

According to the most recent data from the @EPA, 73% of all paper-based packaging in the United States is recycled, and 88% of cardboard is recycled! Learn more from our recent survey.
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Environmental labels let consumers know that packaging has certain attributes such as recyclability or compostability, or that it meets certain environmental standards. See the results of the importance of these labels in our study on 2020 U.S. packaging preferences.
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Paper and cardboard packaging rank highest with consumers for many sustainability attributes including home #compostability (69%), better for the #environment (66%) and easier to #recycle (51%).
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RPTA Awards 2020 Student Scholarships
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2020 Industry Profile Study
Thanks to our members, RPTA received the necessary samples for the 2020 Industry Profile Study.

The 2020 report will be available in the Fall.

Members can access the Profile Study reports from prior years by clicking here.

RPTA Continues to Certify Member Mills
RPTA continues the certification program first implemented in 2018 for RPTA member mills. RPTA uses a rigorous auditing process conducted by NSF to assure brand owners that products produced by certified RPTA member companies are suited for direct food contact packaging applications. For more information, click here.

For a complete list of certified mills, click here.


2020 Fall Roundtable
The RPTA Operating Board is planning a Seminar and Roundtable on Process Water Clarification for October 14-15, 2020, near Minneapolis, MN. The Roundtable will be followed by a tour of the Liberty Paper Mill in Becker, MN.

Check back to this site for up-to-date information on the event, including whether travel restrictions related to COVID-19 make the in-person event infeasible.

2021 Production – Technical Seminar
The 2021 RPTA Production-Technical Seminar will be co-located with TAPPI PaperCon 2021 on April 26-27, 2021 at the Cobb Galleria Centre in Atlanta, Georgia.

The draft program can be viewed here. It is the program planned originally for 2020 and will be updated as appropriate.

Anyone registered for the 2020 Production-Technical Seminar can request a full refund from TAPPI, or the registration will automatically roll over to 2021.