Latest News

Western student powers launch of new compostability testing center

An innovative new lab at Western Michigan University will help companies evolve to a greener future. Biodegradable Products Institute (BPI) certification is expected later this summer on the new compostability testing facility—one of just four of its kind in North America.

Read More >> 

WMU certifies recyclability of Luminy® PLA-coated paperboard

WMU helps close the loop for paper-coated packaging and serviceware. WMU's recyclability certificate was awarded to Luminy® from Total Corbion PLA for their coated paperboard.


NoWaste Plastic Free Paper Packaging

AFC Packaging and AFC Packaging-Policarta, Divisions of AFC Materials Group, are excited to announce that our NoWaste Plastic Free Paper Packaging has passed the rigorous testing standards of Western Michigan University's Old Corrugated Container Equivalency protocol for recyclability.

IPG WAT paper tape passes recycling certification

Intertape Polymer Group's (IPG) water-activated paper tape passes Western's Repulpable and Recycling Certification making it the first certified recyclable carton sealing tape! WMU is proud to have helped IPG further its commitment to its sustainability efforts.

PSI Welcomes WMU as one of their Newest Members

Paper Stock Industries, welcomed Western Michigan University Pilot Plants along with American Fiber Solutions, as one of two new members.

Paper Stock Industries (PSI), a national chapter of the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI), is a trade association representing paper processors, brokers, packers, mills, and others dedicated to the paper recycling industry since 1962. Their mission is to promote the recovered paper industry for the benefit of its members by establishing and maintaining the standards and practices to guide the industry, and by providing an avenue for the exchange of ideas and information—helping members succeed in today’s marketplace. 

Membership benefits include:

  • to assist in staying up-to-date with developing and emerging trends and legislation
  • provide understand and clarification on the latest domestic and foreign markets
  • assist in developing industry-respected specifications
  • provide networking and social activities.

PSI provides members guidance in:

  • Government Affairs
  • Marketing
  • Networking 
  • Safety
  • Scholarships
  • Specifications
  • Standards and Practices
  • Trade Missions