Why Join?

As a member of RPTA, you gain access to a worldwide network of peers and a non-profit association that provides education and joint effort toward common goals in the recycled paperboard industry. Companies are members of RPTA. Individuals in those companies are afforded membership by virtue of their company's membership.

Membership Benefits

Through the member network and staff and volunteer work, membership in RPTA is valuable to companies and their employees. Here are the many ways RPTA members benefit:

PRODUCTS

Educational and Technical Documents — RPTA has produced a variety of bulletins and manuals covering a broad range of topics from boilouts to metal in board. These publications are used for educating customers and/or for teaching aids for new hires or those new to the industry.

Computer Based Training Modules — RPTA has developed a series of computer based training modules covering the different aspects of papermaking from stock preparation to coating. You will find these great training aids for new hires or those new to the industry.

Meetings and seminars — RPTA holds various seminars, roundtable discussions, and webinars designed to keep membership informed of new or improved operating practices, new technology or products from vendors or to address problem solving issues common to most properties like safety, threading practices, furnish, stock cleaning, etc.

Task Force Meetings — RPTA sets up and facilitates meetings where focused groups by discipline meet regularly to discuss new or developmental products, processes, or technology and to discuss issues common to the membership.

Benchmarking Studies — RPTA collects and reports on various industry statistics for use by member companies. Some of the current benchmarking studies include physical properties, machine efficiency, boiler efficiency, and energy use.

Comprehensive Program —RPTA has developed and maintains the proprietary Comprehensive Program for Food-Contact Paperboard Produced From Recycled Fiber. This is an industry document, recognized worldwide, that undergoes updates frequently to assure customers that recycled board is appropriate for food-contact packaging. A company must be a member of RPTA to use the Comprehensive Program.

Historical Documentations — Because RPTA, established in 1953 as BRDA and renamed RPTA in 1991, represents a substantial amount of history in the recycled fiber based paper making business segment, a substantial and documented history is available for a variety of subjects. This archived knowledge is available to members.

SERVICES

Project Studies — RPTA can assist a team of volunteers to work on specific short-term topics such as equipment evaluations, process evaluations and other topics.

Research — Staff members can pursue ideas independently and report on those efforts that may benefit the membership. Some projects may be investigatory while others require academic involvement, laboratory tests, beta trials, and eventually vendor and mill involvement.

Problem Solving — RPTA can assist in problem solving papermaking related issues. The Association represents a network of companies and subject matter experts. RPTA can act as the conduit to get members the information they need.

Read more about our membership criteria.


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.