WMU Pilot Plants

The WMU Pilot Plants provide workforce and facility solutions for research, product development and education. We serve both the public and educational communities within the paper, printing, and allied industries. Through our public partnerships, we provide a valued workforce supplement as well as open access to pilot plant facilities and personnel.

Recycling Certification

Recyclable Cups Cross the Finish Line

Global Green, a national environmental nonprofit organization, has successfully completed a pilot project to get recyclable paper cups used and recovered at the largest cross country meet in the United States. Read more!


Western Michigan University Approves Product for Repulpability

US-based LBP Manufacturing and Henkel adhesive have joined forces to manufacture a new hot-cup sleeve for the Starbucks Coffee Company. Read more!


WMU Recyclable Symbol

Repulpable and Recycling Certification now available at Western Michigan University

Should your fiber-based product be given a second life instead of going to a land fill? We are a certified lab and recycling pilot plant which can certify you and provide official documentation.

WMU's Recycling Pilot Plant has taken a leading role in the recycling of fast food containers. Read more!

For more information, please contact Shawn Mortimore at (269) 276-3532 or by email.

Upcoming Events, Research and Staying on Campus
The Oaklands

Featuring beautifully appointed rooms and a two-minute walk to the Paper Pilot Plant.
The best rates in Kalamazoo. For reservations, visit wmich.edu/oaklands