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.

RPTA Production-Technical Seminar
April 24 & 25, 2023 - Atlanta Cobb Center

Co-located with TAPPICon2023

Sustainability News

The U.S. paper recovery rate for recycling is 66% for paper and paper-based packaging. And, it's 89% for cardboard boxes! Separate the myths from the facts.
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As the call for the circularity of product lifecycles is growing louder, paper has always had a head start. The industry's strong support and investment in recycling have transformed the circularity of paper products from vision to reality.
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According to the most recent government data, #paper and paper packaging are recycled more than any other material in the U.S. solid waste stream, including plastics (8.7%), glass (25%), and metals (34.1%). Learn more!
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"Paper Packaging – The Natural Choice" is an excellent resource for facts about the sustainability of paper-based packaging from trusted third-party sources. Download now! Members, you can also customize and share.
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The recycling industry's paper recycling segment collects, sorts, and processes the recovered fiber into specification grade products. These products are sold and transported to paper mills for production into new paper products.
Learn more #PaperFacts in our Paper Recovery and Recycling Fact Sheet.
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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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LATEST NEWS

2022 Industry Profile Study
Registration is complete, with 69 paper machines at 48 mills registered. Samples must be received by April 7, 2023, to be included in study.

Members can access reports from prior years at this member-only page.

2022 RPTA Fall Roundtable
On October 19th, we held an in-person seminar on Paper Machine Clothing Design, covering the impact of forming, press and dryer fabrics on paper machine operations. Roundtable presentation slides are available at this member-only page.

Winter Webinar
On January 25, 2023, we held a virtual webinar on Felt Cleaning and Conditioning, covering the mechanical and chemical processes to keep felts operating effectively with optimum felt life. The webinar recording and presentation slides are available at this member-only page.

UPCOMING EVENTS

2023 P-T Seminar (April)
The 2023 Production-Technical Seminar will be held in Atlanta on April 24 and 25, co-located with TAPPICon.

  • Safer Operations
  • Fiber Recovery Optimization
  • Process Data Best Practices
  • Wet End Operations

Register @ www.TAPPICon.org

  • Register for the P-T Seminar alone or TAPPICon which includes the Seminar.
  • Early bird rate ends March 24.
  • There are significant mill/company group registration discounts.
  • See "Hotel/Travel" on TAPPI page to plan your trip.

YOU ARE INVITED to two RPTA free member-only special events:

  • Member Lunch on April 24
  • Roundtable Breakfast on April 25

Separate from Seminar registration, Click here to attend one or both special events. We need advance notice of attendance to plan sufficient materials, food, and beverage. For the Roundtable, we need to know what topics are of interest to you. Deadline to sign up is April 17th.

Click here for full RPTA Seminar agenda.