Bales of paper stacked and ready to be recycled

2022 WMU Fiber Recycling Course

August 2022

Two-day course—dates TBA
Time: 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

Mark your calendar—WMU Pilot Plants plans to hold their 2022 WMU Fiber Recycling Course in August. Space will be limited to keep this course interactive. A networking dinner and brewery tour is included. Numerous networking opportunities and a broad spectrum of attendees/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 that is fiber recycling. Please join us!

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Who should attend?

This course is designed for the newcomer 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.

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, WMU Faculty and Students

Networking opportunities

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

Lodging and Transportation

  • Hotel selection TBA. 
  • Free WMU shuttle service is provided to WMU’s campus for the course each day as well as to and from the off-site dinner

Past speakers have included:

Charles Abgle
Charles Angle
Solenis, LLC
Application Manager

Travis Curtis
Travis Curtis
Bulk Handling Systems​
Separation Technology Specialist

Neal Fetterly
Neale Fetterly
Kadant Black Clawson
Sr. Applications Engineer

Susn Graff
Susan Graff
Global Corporate Sustainability, RRS
Vice President

Bernie Lee
Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries
Research Analyst, Commodities

Dr. Li

WMU Chemical and Paper Engineering
Chair and Professor

Sandeep Kulkarni
Sandeep Kulkarni
Kool Earth Solutions
Founder and President

Bill Moore
Bill Moore
Moore & Associates

Paul Schutes
Paul Schutes
Recycled Paperboard Technical Association Executive Director

Michael Timpane
Michael Timpane
Principal and VP of Process Optimization

Add-on course:

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

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

Cost: TBA

This year we are excited to offer an optional hands-on experience to our course. Spend the afternoon with the crew of WMU’s Paper Pilot Plant and see the processes first hand. 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 prove to 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.

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