November 5 - 8, 2023 | Atlanta, Georgia

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The purpose of the Recycling track is to disseminate new developments in the recycling field with emphasis on recycling previous unusable raw materials along with focus on packaging compatibility & environmental sustainability.

Presentations will cover developments in recycling packaging papers in a circular economy, transforming pulper ropes into a valuable resource,  recycling paper-plastic laminate coffee cups, poly aluminum chloride in surface sizing for fluting packing grades, making packaging compatible with paper recycling, hydra pulper consistency control, how to detect dirt & shives & improved deinking flotation.

Participants will understand the latest developments in the recycling  processes, process enhancement that could be applicable to their manufacturing process, and solutions to a number of issues & materials that were previously believed unusable in their operations.   

Learning outcomes: After successfully completing the sessions in this track, the participants will be able to go back to their workplace and:

Demonstration of learning outcomes: After attending the recycling  presentation sessions attendees will have a better understanding of how to implement:

Recycling Track Schedule

(Program is subject to change.)

Tuesday, November 1
10:30am - 12:00pm

Session 10: Making Packaging Compatible with Paper Recycling


Moderator: Carl Houtman, USDA, Forest Products Lab



1:30pm - 3:00pm

Session 15: Upcycling and Environmental Sustainability

Co-sponsored by Fiber Recycling and Environmental/Sustainability Committees  

Session Chair: Marty Daniel, Thiele Kaolin Company


The Future State of Packaging Papers for the Circular Economy

Scott McNutt, Nextep Partners

Transforming Pulper Ropes into a valuable Resource

Ed Donovan, UNTHA America
      Recycling Paper-Plastic Laminate Coffee Cups Using a Single-Disk Refiner: Energy Requirements and Recovered Fiber Quality
Michael Bilek, University of British Columbia
 3:30pm - 5:00pm

Session 20: Recycling I


Session Chair: Marty Daniels, Thiele Kaolin Company


The Impact of Multiple Recycle Loops on Unbleached Softwood Kraft on the Resulting Paper Properties and Key Fiber Characteristics 

Richard Venditti, NCSU

Hydrapulper Consistency Control 

Nick Stabler, Pneu-Logic Co.
Wednesday, November 2
8:30am - 10:00am

Session 23: Recycling II


Session Chair: Cesar Basilio, Thiele Kaolin Company


How to Detect Dirt and Shives in Pulp Slurries

David Zerr, Pulmac

Improve Deinking Flotation from the Fundamental Research

Kaiwu Huang, Virginia Tech

Improved Deinking Flotation of Water-Based Ink

Roe-Haan Yoon, Virginia Tech