On August 6-8, Western Michigan University (WMU) held their first Fiber Recycling Course at its Pilot Plants. WMU has one of the few paper engineering programs in the U.S. and the Pilot Plants are a scaled down facility where they can run tests to study a variety of aspects of paper making, including the recyclability of different feedstocks.
Lon Pschigoda, the general manager of the Pilot Plants, has spoken to the paper division at our board meetings in the past about their recyclability protocols, and worked with ISRI staff on an idea for a course on paper recycling to help newcomers to the industry learn more about its various aspects.
ISRI’s Research Analyst for Commodities Bernie Lee gave a presentation about data analytics and specifications during the course. Other speakers included Michael Timpane, Bill Moore, Mike Lopane, Sandeep Kulkarni, and Charles Angle which represented a broad range of topics related to paper recycling.
With more than 50 attendees, the attendance exceeded expectations by far. They ranged from researchers to operations managers and packaging designers. Dart Containers, USG, and Fox River were some of the packaging producing companies with representatives present. Apple, Amazon, and HP also had attendees at the course who were the notable brands that were present there.
Overall, the event was very well received and WMU is interested in deepening its collaborations with ISRI. Many of the goals for the MRF Summit were also touched on at this course as well as reaching out and helping educate a newer generation of paper recycling professionals.
For more information on this program, contact Bernie Lee
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