Membership Criteria

There are three categories of members in RPTA.

  • General — available to companies engaged in the business of manufacturing recycled paperboard or containerboard in which recovered fiber constitutes at least ninety percent of the fibrous raw material. General members are afforded the benefit of all RPTA activities.

  • Technical — available to companies engaged in the business of manufacturing recycled paperboard or containerboard in which recovered fiber constitutes at least ninety percent of the fibrous raw material, but are not involved in food-related packaging. Technical members are eligible to participate in all activities of RPTA except those associated with food packaging.

  • Protocol — available to manufacturers of fiber-based products with recycled content who are interested in using their products in food-related applications but are not eligible for General Membership because, for example, the company does not produce paperboard products with ninety percent recycled content.

Membership dues are assessed annually at the instruction of, and approved by, the Association's Board of Trustees. All dues, in each classification, are based on the common denominator of annual total tons produced/sold of relevant material. At this time, only manufacturers of recycled paperboard and related products are eligible for membership.

To inquire about or join RPTA, click here.

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RPTA Announces 2021 Scholarship Recipients
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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
Sampling is complete. Samples were coded for anonymity and sent to contract labs for testing. Included are 204 samples, off 62 machines at 47 mills. The 2021 Profile Study report will be published in September.

Members can access the Profile Study 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.


2021 Fall Roundtable

Water Reuse in Recycle Mills - Challenges & Solutions

If the COVID-19 situation allows, our annual Roundtable is planned for October 6 & 7. The free Seminar will be held on October 6th at the Renaissance Atlanta Waverly Hotel & Convention Center.

We will tour Greif’s Sweetwater mill in Austell, Georgia, on the 7th.  

The Roundtable registration is exclusive and free for RPTA member companies.

For all the details, including seminar and hotel reservation links, click here.

Early registration is encouraged for planning purposes. 

The RPTA Operating Board may have to convert the in-person event to a hybrid live/virtual event or a full virtual event.  We will communicate any change to registrants soon after a decision to change is made.

2022 Winter Webinar
The Operating Board is tentatively planning a webinar on Building a Training Program from Within for sometime in January. Details TBD.

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.