paper bales of recycled fiber

2024 WMU Fiber Recycling Course

Tuesday–Thursday, June 4–6, 2024

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The WMU Paper Pilot Plant has partnered with TAPPI to offer the Coating Course and Fiber Recycling Course.

Registration is now open. 

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Course Information

2 1/2 day course | Time: 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

WMU Paper Pilot Plant will hold their next WMU Fiber Recycling Course on June 4–6, 2024. Numerous networking opportunities and a broad spectrum of attendees and contacts make this a great course for veterans of the industry looking to broaden their knowledge or those new to the industry who want to see the entire process of fiber recycling. From brand perspectives, sustainability drivers, recyclable certifications, and legislation, to the collection, MRF sorting, reprocessing, and papermaking; this course covers a full view of the circular economy of fiber recycling. Please join us!

Learning objectives

  • Recyclability Protocols and Product Labeling
  • Recycled Fiber Global Markets Update
  • Sustainability — Brand Owner Perspective
  • Regulations and Market Drivers
  • Collection and MRF Operations
  • Paper Mill Operations
  • Hands-on Fiber Recycling/Papermaking Option
  • Speakers include: Industry Experts and WMU Faculty

Take a look at this past year's information
2023 COURSE SCHEDULE 2023 SPEAKER LINEUP

Networking opportunities

Networking opportunities include a dinner at the world-famous Bell's Eccentric Cafe in Kalamazoo.

Who should attend

This course is designed for the newcomers to the paper recycling industry, as well as those with experience who wish to broaden and update their knowledge and understanding of the basics of recycled fiber collection, processing, use, and market drivers. This is a 2.5-day course held in Kalamazoo Michigan, on WMU's beautiful Engineering Campus.

 

2023 Speakers

Larry Anker

Larry Anker

Director of Commercial Operations,
Solenis

Bret Bigger

Bret Biggers

Senior Economist,
ISRI 

Mark Bond

Mark Bond

Business Development,
Sustana 

Susan Cornish

Susan Cornish

President,
Insight + Action 

Neal Fetterly

Neal Fetterly

 Sr. Process Engineer,
Kadant Black Clawson

Savannah Guinyard

 

 

Savannah Guinyard

GreenBlue Project Coordinator,
How2Recycle

Stuart Johns

Stuart Johns

Project Manager MB/CC,
Solenis Applications 

Sandeep Kulkarni

Sandeep Kulkarni

Founder and President,
KoolEarth Solutions, Inc. 

Brad Kurzynowsk

Brad Kurzynowsk 

RRS Program Specialist/Consultant,
Global Corporate Sustainability,

Kecheng Li

Kecheng Li

Professor and Department Chair,
WMU Paper Engineering 

Bill Moore

Bill Moore

President,
Moore & Associates

Mark Neitzey Van Dyk

Mark Neitzey Van Dyk

 Director of Sales,.
Recycling Solutions

Lon Pschigoda

Lon Pschigoda

General Manager,
WMU Paper Pilot Plant

Paul Schutes

Paul Schutes

President,
Recycled Paperboard Technical Association

Jason Wang

 

Jason Wang

Research Scientist,
WMU Paper Pilot Plant

Course speakers are subject to change.

Optional add-on course:

WMU Paper Pilot Plant Experience — Hands-on Fiber Recycling and Papermaking

Held on the last day of the course from noon–5 p.m.

Spend the afternoon with the WMU’s Paper Pilot Plant crew and see the processes firsthand. This includes fiber recycling operations (pulping, screening, cleaning), paper making on the newly installed dual fourdrinier pilot machine (the only one of its kind in North America), and time in our papermaking/paper testing labs. You will see a bale of recovered paper enter the process, the recovery of the fibers, and the production of recycled paper (forming, pressing, drying, calendering).  Whether you are new to the industry, enjoy learning on your feet, or simply want to see our facilities operate, this will be time well spent. Space is limited.

Western Michigan University

A leader in the field of papermaking, coating and recycling research and applications as well as a leading provider of undergraduate and graduate engineers and scientists, is offering its fiber recycling course. WMU has certified hundreds of products as repulpable and recyclable using industry agreed-upon protocols. This course is exciting, offering from WMU that will bring together many industry and technology leaders as guest speakers to seriously upgrade your fiber recycling knowledge.

Sponsors

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RRS Recylcing.com

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