Fiber Recycling Course Schedule

Course Schedule

The following was the 2022 course schedule.

  • Day 1: Tuesday, Aug. 2

    7:30 a.m.

    Registration Open


    8 a.m.



    8:15 a.m.

    RPTA Overview, Consumer Insights 

    Paul Schutes—RPTA

    9 a.m.

    How2Recycle Label & Brand Perspectives

    Juliana Nienart, How2Recycle

    10 a.m.



    10:15 a.m.

    ISRI—Grade Structure and Material Characterization 

    Bret Biggers—ISRI

    11:15 a.m.

    MRF I—History, Design & Challenges

    Michael Timpane—RRS

    12:15 p.m.


    Catered in Box Lunches

    12:45 p.m.

    What happens under the roof at a MRF—
    A presentation on the technologies and methods used

    Ryan Lawlor—RRT Design & Construction

    1:45 p.m.

    WMU Repulp/Recyclability protocols

    Shawn Mortimore—WMU Pilot Plants

    2:30 p.m.



    3 p.m.

    Legislation and Regulations Driving Sustainability

    Bret Biggers—ISRI, Research Analyst

    4 p.m.

    MRFF—Evolving Stream Opportunities for Fiber Lines

    Brad Kurzynowsk—RRS, Program Analyst 

    5 p.m.

    Wrap Up


    6 p.m.

    Social Event and Dinner


  • Day 2: Wednesday, Aug. 3

    8 a.m. 

    PTF/Paper Engineering Intro  

    Brian Pahl 

    8:15 a.m. 

    Recovered Fiber Markets 

    Bill Moore—Moore & Associates 

    9:15 a.m 

    Paper Mill Operations I—Pulping 

    Neale Fetterly—Kadant

    10:30 a.m 



    10:45 a.m 

    Paper Mill Operations II—Screening 

    Neale Fetterly—Kadant, Sr. Engineer 



    Cafeteria Voucher

    12:30 p.m 

    Tour Pilot Plants, Paper and Print Labs


    1:15 p.m 

    Sustainability—Mill Perspective 

    Mark Bond—Sustana 

    2:30 p.m 



    2:45 p.m 

    Compostability Overview 

    Lon Pschigoda—WMU 

    3:15 p.m 

    Journey Towards a Fully Recyclable Single-Use Cup 

    Sandeep Kulkarni—KoolEarth Solutions

    4:15 p.m 

    Enzyme Improvement of Recycled Fibers 

    Kecheng Li/Jason Wang—WMU  

    5 p.m.

    Wrap Up 


  • Day 3: Thursday, Aug. 4

    8 a.m. 

    Paper Packaging: Design for Sustainability 

    Susan Cornish—Moore and Associates 

    8:45 a.m. 

    Paper Mill Operarttions III—Cleaning 

    Neale Fetterly—Kadant 

    9:45 a.m.



    10 a.m. 

    Recycled Mill Chemistry I—Functional Chemistry 

    Larry Anker—Solenis

    11 a.m. 

    Recycled Mill Chemistry II—Process Chemistry 

    Stuart Johns—Solenis




  • Optional 1/2 day: Hands on Fiber Recycling and Papermaking

    12:30 p.m. 

    Lunch and Plants Safety Review 

    1 p.m. 

    Pulping, Screening, Cleaning 

    2:30 p.m. 

    Handsheet Making 

    3:30 p.m.

    Paper Machine Operation 

    4:30 p.m 

    Wrap Up