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


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.