Western Michigan University's Paper Pilot Plant is a large-scale recycling facility that can recycle, repulp, and de-ink a wide variety of post-consumer waste including mixed office waste, magazines, food service items, and a variety of packaging including old corrugated containers. The recycling pilot equipment employs a modular piping system that allows the connection of individual pieces of equipment in any configuration to simulate various industrial systems. Eight stock chests, ranging from 1,200 to 5,000 gal (5,455 to 22,370 l) each, allow for multiple simulations and storage capacity for an option to make paper from your recycled fiber.

Repulpable and recycling certification now available at Western Michigan University

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

WMU's Paper Pilot Plant has taken a leading role in the recycling of fast food containers.

Please contact Lon Pschigoda at +1 (269) 276-3532 or by email.


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We certify the Fibre Boxboard Association’s repulpability and recycleability test protocol for wax replacement corrugated containers. This protocol involves a two-part test; the first is a benchtop procedure; if passed, the material is tested in the recycle pilot plant.

Video of WMU's Recycling Pilot Plant Video Tour