Recycling Pricing

Western Michigan University reserves the right to change rates without notice.

The following rates do not represent the full cost of a trial or test. Trial plans are unique, and test protocols vary, and their differences do affect the pricing. The following rates do not include shipping or material costs which also affect the price. To schedule a trial or to request a detailed trial or testing quotation, please contact Lon Pschigoda at +1 (269) 276-3532 or by email.

Pilot plant and laboratory charges (in US dollars) include operators. The minimum charge for machinery use is one 8-hour day. Start-up and shutdown time are included in the 8-hour period. Full-day equipment use includes lunch. Please advise if you have any special dietary needs.

Paper Machine and/or pond size press treatment

Stock preparation: $7,500/per day
Full day papermaking: $9,000
Overtime: $1,500/hr

Stock Preparation only

Full day: $7,500/day
Overtime: $1200/hr

Recycle Fiber Pilot Plant

Full day: $7,500/day
Deinking Studies (Dependent on unit processes used): $7,500 - $12,500/day
Overtime: $1,200/hr

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Repulpability and recyclability certification

Part I — Repulpability screening only: $750
Part II — Recyclability certification: $7,500

Slitter/Rewinder: $185—$275/roll


Full-day service fees include common process/product testing during service hours. For testing and laboratory services not associated with a pilot plant, trial rates vary between $125 and $200 per hour for basic testing and may increase depending upon the test and the number of operators required.

The University will send an invoice upon completion of work. Pay within 30 days to avoid a 1.5% monthly finance charge.

All materials and supplies ordered and/or purchased by the University will be charged at the delivered cost plus a service charge of 20%.

Cancellation Policy – To avoid a monetary penalty, cancel pilot runs at least 21 days before the first booked run date. Canceling within 20 days before the first booked run date will incur the following cancellation fees: 20% of total booked value if canceled 15–20 days before, 40% if canceled 8–14 days before, and 80% if canceled 0–7 days before.