Recycled Paperboard Technical Association
Website Privacy Policy

Last modified: April 3, 2012

This Privacy Policy summarizes the various ways that the Recycled Paperboard Technical Association ("RPTA") treats the information you provide while using its website ("Website"). This Privacy Policy applies only to information collected by the RPTA through its Website. The RPTA reserves the right to change this Privacy Policy at any time, without notice to you, and you must consult the most recent version of this Privacy Policy (not an older cached version) each time you view the Website. Use of the Website constitutes your acceptance of this Privacy Policy, in its current form or as modified.

Terms of Service

In addition to reviewing this Privacy Policy, please read the Terms of Use. Your use of the Website constitutes your agreement to the terms and conditions set forth therein.

Types of Information Collected

Personal Data: Personally Identifiable Information ("Personal Data") is any information that can be used to identify a specific individual, such as your name, email address, and phone number. The Website collects Personal Data when you interact with the Website, for example when you register and/or create an account; subscribe for newsletters; respond to polls or surveys; or seek help from our customer service department.

Company Data: "Company Data" refers to any data that can be used to identify a specific company, such as name, address, email address, and phone number. The Website collects Company Data when you interact with the Website, for example when you register and/or create an account to submit survey data.

Other Data: "Other Data" refers to information that does not identify you specifically, including for example anonymous or aggregate data collected from you, and that does not identify a specific company. Other Data may be collected automatically through your use of the Website. The following are examples of types of Other Data that the Website may collect:

  • site usage data (such as which Website pages you visit and in what sequence) through the use of various technologies;
  • computer and connection information such as browser type or version; and
  • session information, measured and collected through software tools such as Javascript, which may include, for example, page response times, download errors, time spent on certain pages, page interaction information, and methods used to browse away from the page.

Tracking Activity

Like many sites, the Website may use IP addresses or "cookies," "tags" or other similar technologies to track user behavior on the Website, to improve the user experience or to make usability improvements. For example, the Website may use Cookies to maintain user session identity and to store your user name and password locally for ease of access. Cookies may also be used to collect information about which Website pages you have visited and in what order ("Clickstream Data"). Information collected through the use of Cookies is referred to as "Tracking Information."

  • "Cookies" are small pieces of information that are stored by your browser on your computer's local drive. Most browsers automatically accept cookies, but if you prefer, you can set your browser to refuse cookies or to alert you when cookies are being sent, but it is possible that some parts of the Website will not function properly if you do so.
  • A unique number called an IP address identifies every computer on the Internet. Each time you connect to the Internet your machine is assigned an IP address. An IP address is a number that identifies each sender or receiver of information that is sent in packets across the Internet.
  • "Tags" refer to tools and scripts that are used to track a visitor's activity on websites by web analytics software. A visitor's activity is anonymous if he/she is not logged in. If she/he has logged in using their username and password, additional information is passed through these tags. Tags are used for, but not limited to, determining effectiveness of the website's design, information architecture, and consumption of information and services provided via the website.
  • Other similar technologies may include so-called "pixel tags," "web beacons," "clear GIFs" or future similar means embedded in the Website's content.

Use of Your Information

Personal Data and Company Data: The RPTA may use your Personal Data and Company Data for the purposes for which it was provided. The RPTA may also use your Personal Data and Company Data to do the following:

  • register you for programs, services and features you have requested;
  • communicate information about the RPTA and its activities;
  • send and process surveys; and
  • ensure that the Website is relevant to your needs

Other Data and Tracking Information: Any Other Data or Tracking Information that can be linked to a particular person will be treated as the Personal Data of that person, and any Other Data or Tracking Information that can be linked to a particular company will be treated as Company Data, unless in each case such Other Data or Tracking Information is modified or processed to eliminate such link (for example, by aggregating it or anonymizing it). The RPTA may use Other Data and Tracking Information collected from the Website for any purpose related to operation of the Website or to its mission.

Disclosure of Personal Data and Company Data

Disclosure to Third Parties: The RPTA, like many organizations, sometimes hires third parties to provide certain business-related services on its behalf such as hosting the Website, maintaining databases, mailing information and processing payments.The RPTA will only provide those third parties the information they need to perform the services. The RPTA may also disclose your Personal Data and Company Data to other third parties with your consent, which may be obtained at the time the Personal Data or Company Data was obtained from you or afterwards.

Other Disclosures: In addition, the RPTA may disclose Personal Data and Company Data under the following limited circumstances to: (1) protect the legal rights, privacy or safety of the RPTA or its affiliates, or its or their officers, employees, representatives, agents and contractors; (2) protect the safety and security of visitors to the Website; (3) protect against fraud or other illegal activity or for risk management purposes; (4) respond to inquiries or requests from public authorities; (5) permit the RPTA to pursue available remedies or limit the damages that the RPTA may sustain; (6) enforce the Terms of Service; or (7) comply with the law or legal process.

Sale of Website: If the RPTA sells all or part of this Website or makes a sale or transfer of assets or is otherwise involved in a merger or business transfer, the RPTA may, in its sole discretion, transfer, sell or assign your Personal Data and Company Data to a third party as part of or in connection with that transaction. Upon such transfer, the Privacy Policy of the acquiring entity may govern the further use of your Personal Data and Company Data.

Disclosure of Other Data and Tracking Information

Any Other Data or Tracking Information that can be linked to a particular person will be treated as the Personal Data of that person, and any Other Data or Tracking Information that can be linked to a particular company will be treated as Company Data, unless in each case such Other Data or Tracking Information is modified or processed to eliminate such link (for example, by aggregating it or anonymizing it). The RPTA may disclose Other Data and Tracking Information collected from the Website to any person for any purpose.

Links to Other Websites

You should be aware that other Internet sites that are linked from the Websites or from an email sent by the RPTA may contain privacy provisions that differ from the provisions of this Privacy Policy. We recommend that you review the privacy statements of other Websites that you visit using any such links.

Information Security; No Guarantee

The RPTA takes commercially reasonable security measures to protect against unauthorized access to or disclosure of Personal Data. Unfortunately, no data transmission over the Internet or data storage means can be guaranteed to be 100% secure. Accordingly, and despite its efforts, the RPTA cannot guarantee or warrant the security of any information you transmit to it, or to or from its online products or services.

Unsolicited Information

This Privacy Policy shall not apply to any unsolicited information you provide to the RPTA, whether on or through this Website or otherwise. All such unsolicited information shall be deemed to be non-confidential, and the RPTA shall be free to reproduce, use, disclose and distribute such unsolicited information to others without limitation or attribution.

Usage Outside of the U.S.

The RPTA controls and operates this Website from the United States. The Website is not intended to subject the RPTA to the laws or jurisdiction of any state, country or territory other than that of the United States. The RPTA does not represent or warrant that the Website is appropriate for use in any particular jurisdiction. Those who choose to access the Website do so at their own initiative and are responsible for complying with all local laws, rules and regulations.


The RPTA does not knowingly solicit data online from or market online to children under the age of 13.

Contacting the RPTA About Your Privacy

If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy or wish to review or change any Personal Data gathered by this Website, you may contact Amy Schaffer, Executive Director,


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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.

Registration form, due by January 21.

Sample Requirements

Sample Submission form, sent with samples by April

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

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For a complete list of certified mills, click here.


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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

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The Roundtable will include presentations and Q&A by three experts and the next morning the group will tour Grief’s Sweetwater mill.


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Over the two days, you will hear presentations from experts on:

Contaminant Removal
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In addition, join us on May 3rd for breakfast and a Roundtable discussion on topics of interest to you.

RPTA’s P-T Seminar is co-located with TAPPICon 2022 and registration is handled through TAPPI.

We will provide details as they become available.

Follow TAPPI developments here