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

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

RPTA Announces 2021 Scholarship Recipients
Click here for details.

2021 Summer Webinar
On July 21, 2021, the RPTA Operating Board hosted a webinar on Brown Fiber Re-Pulping and Reject Handling Best Practices.

Presented by Steven Johnson, Applications Engineer, Kadant Black Clawson, and moderated by Dave Pearson, General Manager, Westrock.

The Webinar recording and a pdf file of the slides are available at this member-only site.

Industry Profile Study
The 2021 Industry Profile Study Report has been published for RPTA membership . It includes results from 204 samples, off 62 machines at 47 mills.

Members can access the 2021 Profile Study Report, along with reports from prior years, by clicking here.

RPTA Certification of 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 members and brand owners that products produced by certified mills are suited for direct food contact packaging applications. For more information, click here.

For a complete list of certified mills, click here.

UPCOMING EVENTS

2022 Winter Webinar
The Operating Board will host a webinar on Tuesday, January 18, 2022 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern time.

The topic is Building a Training Program from Within by Joel Scheider, President of Task Trainers, Inc. and Mark Murphy, Westrock General Manager, Lynchburg, VA

To register, follow this REGISTRATION LINK

Roundtable – Rescheduled for February 23 & 24, 2022
Water Reuse in Recycle Mills - Challenges & Solutions
Save the dates for now. RPTA will communicate details, including registration link, as we get closer to Roundtable dates.

2022 P-T Seminar
RPTA’s annual Production-Technical Seminar will be held in Charlotte, NC on May 2nd and 3rd, co-located with TAPPICon 2022.