About Us

The Recycled Paperboard Technical Association is dedicated to the improvement and use of recycled paperboard and related products. Founded in the early 1950's as the Boxboard Research and Development Association, RPTA represents paper companies worldwide which manufacture products that contain a significant percentage of recycled fiber. RPTA provides a legal forum through which member companies can discuss shared technical issues and interests.

RPTA undertakes various projects that reflect the needs and interests of member companies. Examples of RPTA Activities include:

  • Networking among technical experts on issues relevant to recycled paperboard manufacturing

  • Training and other educational opportunities

  • Assuming a technical leadership role in addressing regulatory issues affecting the industry

  • Conducting benchmark studies on various areas of paperboard and containerboard production

  • Monitoring and participating in worldwide technology sharing

  • Establishing testing protocols to assure the quality and integrity of products

  • Establishing programs for use by members to assure conformance with FDA requirements


RPTA Announces Recipients of
2022 Scholarships

Click here for details.

2022 Industry Profile Study
Registration is now open for the 2023 Annual Physical Properties Benchmarking Study.

The 2023 study will include the following grades:

  • Coated Recycled Paperboard: 16, 20, 24, 28 & 32 point
  • Bending Chip: 16, 20, 24 & 28 point
  • High-Strength Tube and Core: 20, 25 & 30 point
  • Linerboard: 26# & 42# and 31# & 35# High Performance (with at least 90% recycled content).
  • Medium: 23 #, 33# & 40# (with at least 50% recycled content.)

If you have not received the required registration and sample submission forms, along with sample requirements, then click here to download the three documents. Samples must be received by RPTA between March 1, 2023 and April 7, 2023

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

2022 P-T Seminar
Presentations from the May Production-Technical Seminar, are available at this member-only page.

Summer 2022 Webinar
On July 13th we held a webinar on Making Product Suitable for Food Contact. The webinar recording and presentation slides are available 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. The webinar presentation slides are available at this member-only page.


Winter Webinar (Jan or Feb)
Felt Cleaning and Conditioning
Details to follow.

2023 P-T Seminar (April)
The 2023 Production-Technical Seminar will be held in Atlanta on April 24 and 25, co-located with TAPPICon. RPTA members selected these seminar topics:

  1. Safer Operations
  2. Fiber Recovery Optimization
  3. Process Data Best Practices
  4. Wet End Operations

The Seminar will be moderated by Jeff Lyman, VP Mill Operations, Ox Industries and Mark Murphy, General Manager, Westrock,

Registration and hotel arrangements are managed through TAPPI and details will be communicated as they become available.