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 new Facts Booklet, Paper Packaging – The Natural Choice, provides 7 powerful reasons why paper-based packaging is the natural choice for brands, retailers, and consumers. It offers a wide range of supporting facts from credible third-party sources
Download your booklet today!

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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Paper-based packaging is a versatile, cost-efficient & safe method to transport, protect & preserve a wide array of items. It is engineered to be sturdy yet lightweight & is customizable to meet product- or customer- specific needs.
Learn more #PaperFacts!
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Shopping online will become the new normal for many consumers. Paper-based packaging stands out as a natural choice as brand owners rethink their packaging strategies to align with current market realities and consumer preferences. #paperfacts #sustainable
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Paper & cardboard packaging rank highest with consumers for many sustainability attributes including home compostability (69%), better for the environment (66%) & easier to recycle (51%).

Download our US Packaging Preference Survey for more #PaperFacts.
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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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LATEST NEWS

RPTA Announces 2021 Scholarship Recipients
Click here for details.

2021 Industry Profile Study
Registration has been completed for the 2021 Annual Physical Properties Benchmarking Study and sampling is in process.

Information and forms for participants are available at this member-only site.

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

Winter Webinar Provided to Members
January 27, 2021
Winder Safety, with presentations by Scott Springmier and Jack Corbett – both experienced Valmet managers. Presentation slides and webinar recording are available at this member-only site.

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.

UPCOMING EVENTS

RPTA 2021 P-T Seminar is Going Virtual
The Seminar is going virtual this year and will be held May 4 and 5, 2021, as an integral part of TappiCon Virtual 2021. RPTA’s content can be viewed here

Please click here to see the full TAPPI program available.

RPTA Scholarship
RPTA is offering $100 scholarships, for up to 20 attendees per RPTA member company. This is in addition to TAPPI’s group discount.

Detailed registration, scholarship and group discount information is available here.

Please be advised that RPTA will not participate in TappiCon 2021 Live next fall. Instead, RPTA will focus on RPTA’s annual Fall Roundtable.

2021 Summer Webinar
The Operating Board will host a webinar on Brown Fiber Re-Pulping and Reject Handling Best Practices on July 21, 2021, presented by Steven Johnson from Kadant Black Clawson.

As in the past, RPTA members will receive multiple emails regarding webinar and registration information, starting a few months ahead of the webinar.

2021 Fall Roundtable
Our in-person Roundtable is tentatively planned for October 6 & 7, 2021 in the Greater Atlanta Area, followed by a mill tour of Greif’s Sweetwater mill in Austell, Georgia.

Topic: Water Reuse in Recycle Boxboard and Containerboard Mills – Challenges and Solutions

RPTA will update this page as seminar and accommodation plans are finalized.