WMU Fiber Recycling Course

Kalamazoo, Michigan USA
Tuesday, August 15, 2023 to Thursday, August 17, 2023

TAPPI is pleased to partner with Western Michigan University (WMU) to deliver training that will help you broaden and update your knowledge and understanding of the basics of recycled fiber collection, processing, use and market drivers. This is a 2.5-day course takes place in Kalamazoo Michigan on WMU's Engineering Campus. This training is designed for the newcomer to the paper recycling industry, as well as those with experience.

August 15th - 17th, 2023

2023 WMU Fiber Recycling Course

This is a beneficial course for anyone looking to broaden their knowledge of the entire process of fiber recycling.

This course covers a full view of the circular economy that is fiber recycling - from brand perspectives, sustainability drivers, recyclable certifications and legislation, to collection, MRF sorting, reprocessing, and papermaking.

Numerous networking opportunities and a broad spectrum of both attendees and contacts make this a great course for seasoned papermakers, as well as anyone new to the industry.

Space is limited to keep this course interactive. Networking dinner and brewery tour included.

Mark your calendar—WMU Pilot Plants will hold their 2023 WMU Fiber Recycling Course on Aug. 15-17. 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!

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

About WMU
Western Michigan University is a leader in papermaking, recycling, coating and sustainable packaging research and applications, as well as a leading provider of undergraduate and graduate engineers and scientists. WMU has certified hundreds of products as repulpable and recyclable using industry agreed-upon protocols.

2023 Schedule

All participants will receive a course presentation notebook.
Earn 14 professional development hours or 1.4 CEUs after completion of this course.

Networking opportunities
Please join us for our Social Event / Dinner on August 15 @ 6:00p.m. at the world-famous Bell's Eccentric Cafe in Kalamazoo. Enjoy premier food and local craft beer while listening to WMU’s live Jazz music. Come and have your chance to win prizes! 
Complimentary morning and afternoon snacks, along with lunch will be provided. 
Weather at this time of the year averages a high of 85 degrees and a low of 63. Dress is business casual, and jeans are okay. Meeting room temperature can be chilly.

Sheri Russell, Administrative Assistant
WMU Paper Pilot Plants
Office: 269-276-3964
Cell: 269-330-8553


Paul Schutes.jpgPaul Schutes - Executive Director, Recycled Paperboard Alliance / Recycled Paperboard Technical Association (RPTA)

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Paul Schutes is the Executive Director of the Recycled Paperboard Alliance (RPA100) and the Recycled Paperboard Technical Association (RPTA), the 2 leading industry associations dedicated to expanding the use and improving the manufacture of recycled fiber products. Paul holds degrees from Purdue University in Industrial Engineering and from the University of Bridgeport (CT) in Graphic Design. Paul is a paperboard and packaging expert with 40 years of experience in the industry. During his career in paperboard packaging Paul has held senior positions in packaging design, engineering, sales and production. As Executive Director of the RPA/RPTA Paul oversees all administrative, program activities, and member development of the organizations. In his role he works with North America’s largest brand owners, and retailers, as well as government and non-government organizations on a wide range of sustainability initiatives.


Bill Moore - Owner, Moore & AssociatesBill Moore.jpg

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Bill Moore is president of Moore & Associates, an international consulting firm that provides a range of strategic services and research to global recycling organizations. The description of the full range of services and background for Moore & Associates can be found on the company’s web site at www.MARecycle.com

Bill has had a forty year career as an environmental business professional. Prior to establishing his own consulting firm, Bill held a series of positions in the chemical, solid waste, paper, and recycling industries.  This included Director of Recycling for Waste Management, Inc., where he was responsible for the startup of the “Recycle America” program, the largest introduction of recycling services in the United States. Earlier in his career, Bill was a hazardous and groundwater waste expert and was at the forefront of the US manufacturing industry’s move for waste reduction through process optimization. Bill’s unique knowledge base includes all aspects of the global supply and demand of recovered paper, where he is currently considered the leading expert.

Over the last 25 years, Moore & Associates has served over 330 clients on more than 550 projects on paper recycling engagements. Details on Bill’s consulting project experience can be found at www.MARecycle.com/past-projects/

Bill is a sought after speaker throughout the world on subjects related to global recycling and the business side of environmental issues. He is highly published in the recycling field having authored more than fifty articles over the last thirty years. A list of Bill’s publications can be found at www. MARecycle.com/articles/

bret briggers.jpgBret Biggers - 
Senior Economist, Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) 

Bret Biggers is a senior economist at ISRI. He collects, analyzes, and disseminates information on recyclable commodity trends. He is the staff liaison for the Paper Division, Plastics Division, and the MRF Committee. Other efforts Biggers working on is the ISRI Specifications Circular, the Recyclability Protocol, Trade Committee and Market Access Working Group.

Biggers has addressed economic, markets, and sustainability issues throughout most of his career, writing articles and producing reports. He has worked at the National Waste & Recycling Association, Flexible Packaging Association, and consulted in the trucking, chemical, and specialty printing industries.

Larry Anker - Solenis, Applications Mgrlarry anker.png

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Larry Anker is the Director of Commercial Operations at Solenis.  He is responsible for coordinating the P&P technical training initiatives and managing the intern and STAR (new hire rotation) program. Anker holds a bachelor's degree in chemistry, mathematics and physics from Washington and Lee University and a doctorate in chemistry from Penn State University. Anker received a Fulbright Fellowship in 1986 and was named a TAPPI Fellow in 2013.  He is a past chair of the Additives Committee and the Paper and Board Division of TAPPI and is currently serving a 3-year term on TAPPI’s board of directors.

Ryan Lawlor - Project Engineer, RRT Design & Constructionryan l.jpg

Mr. Lawlor is a mechanical engineer at RRT with a focus on material recycling facility and equipment system projects. His responsibilities include all areas of design, engineering and project management as well as preparation and issuance of mechanical equipment technical specifications and bid packages, as well as their evaluation and contract award recommendations to Clients, and follow up review of vendor drawing submittals to verify compliance with specifications. Ryan is a Mechanical Engineering graduate from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA, otherwise known as Virginia Tech.

Neale Fetterly - Sr. Applications Engineer, Kadant Black Clawson.neale.png

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Received BSc Chemical Engineering from the University of New Brunswick (1985).

Neale has worked in 4 mills for over 20 years in a variety of positions;

  • Process Engineer
  • Process Development Supervisor
  • Technical Manager
  • Production Manager
  • Mill Manager

Two of those mills were brownfield recycle startups, all of the mills had a heavy recycle component

Neale has been with Kadant Black Clawson for over 15 years.


Stuart Johns - Applications Project Manager MB/CC, Solenis stuart johns.jpg

Worked for Mead Paper as Technical Support Manager in Research, Technical Assistant over 2 papermachines

Over 20 years with Solenis and Buckman as Applications Specialist and Manager for Enzymes, Polymers, Chelants, Biocides and Contaminant Control.

Michael Timpane - Principal and Vice President of Process Optimization and Material Recovery, Resource Recycling Systems (RRS)michael t.jpg

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Michael is a principal and vice president of process optimization and material recovery at RRS, where he works with material manufacturers, municipalities, solid waste and recycling companies, materials recovery facilities, NGOs, NPOs, and Fortune-500 consumer product groups. With over 40 years in field operations and development roles with the largest public recycling companies in the U.S., Michael has gained a reputation for thought leadership, and technical execution in recycling systems pricing, recycling processing, landfill diversion planning and technology, facility development, material streams, recycling/organics system economics, recoverable commodities behavior, and process improvement. Prior to RRS, Michael directed WM’s E-cycling Unit, Single Stream pricing, material stream analysis, and municipal recycling effort. Michael also was Southeast Area VP for BFI over waste processing and diversion for eleven years, and started his career with Reynolds Aluminum Recycling Company for fifteen years. Michael is a frequent national speaker and published author on recycling system efficiency, contracting, cost management, and technology. He is a founding member of both the NWRA Recycling Committee and the ISRI MRF Committee.

Susan Graff - Principal and Vice President of Global Corporate Sustainability, Recovery, Resource Recycling Systems (RRS)susan graff.jpg

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Susan Graff is principal and vice president of global corporate sustainability at RRS. For over 30 years, Susan has consulted on sustainability and materials management solutions with private and public sector clients focused on improving resource recovery and reducing impacts on climate. She is leading several circularity projects for flexible film plastics to aid brand owners and package manufacturers with R&D, feasibility analyses, and supply chain development to recycle these lightweight packaging formats. Susan also developed and leads RRS Sustainability ScorecardR client engagements, an analysis conducted to assess ESG issues material to company production processes and stakeholders to design more sustainable, circular business models. Prior to RRS, Susan founded ERS Global, a sustainability consultancy that served the Fortune 500 with enterprise-wide sustainability strategies, reporting and training programs. She began her career at the US EPA, serving in several roles at the Southeast regional and headquarters offices. Susan was responsible for Superfund and RCRA regional operations, industry and state partnership programs, and was a major contributor to national environmental risk assessment policy, methodologies, and the IRIS electronic data base for chemical toxicity.


julianna.jpgJulianna Nienart - Project Associate at GreenBlue

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In October of 2020, Julianna graduated with a Master of Global Public Health degree with a focus on environmental sustainability from Rutgers University. She is fascinated by the intersection of climate change and human health; this drives her passion in working to help communities achieve a circular economy. During her time at Rutgers, she held a 2-year internship with Johnson & Johnson on their global sustainability team; her projects honed in on product stewardship and packaging recyclability. Following graduation and the conclusion of her internship, she joined the How2Recycle team in 2021. Julianna was eager to promote packaging recyclability, reusability and compostability through organizational partnerships. Now, she works in membership services, which includes new member onboarding, customer success and account management responsibilities. In Julianna’s free time, she enjoys hiking, kayaking, and exploring the outdoors.

sandeep.jpgSandeep Kulkarni - Founder and PresidentFounder and President, KoolEarth Solutions, Inc.

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mark bonf.jpgMark Bond - Business Development | National Accounts | Sustainability, Sustana Fiber 

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kecheng li.jpg

Kecheng Li - Professor & Chair, Department of Chemical and Paper Engineering, Western Michigan University

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2023 Registration Rates

  • $1,975 for TAPPI Member

  • $2105 for TAPPI Young Professional Membership Join and Renew

  • $2,165 for TAPPI Professional Membership Join and Renew 

  • $2,225 for TAPPI nonmember to attend


Registration Cancellation Policy 
If you have to cancel your training course registration, you must notify TAPPI in writing via email memberconnection@tappi.org prior to the class start date. Refunds will be provided according to the following scale:

  • 100% refund if notice is received at least 28 days prior to class start date;  July  19
  • 50% refund if notice is received between 27 and 11 days prior to class start date;  July 20-July 29
  • No refund will be issued for notice received 10 business days or less prior to class start date. August 1.

There is no refund of fees due to failure to attend without notice. Substitutions will be accepted at any time without penalty.

Course Cancellation Policy 
It is WMU’s intent to avoid cancelling or rescheduling any training course. However, we reserve the right to cancel or change a training course at any time, for reasons including but not limited to, insufficient registration, instructor emergencies, or other issues beyond our control. 

If WMU cancels a training course, registered students will be notified no less than 10 business days before the scheduled start day of the course. In the case of a cancellation by WMU, 100 percent of registration fees will be refunded to students, or the students may elect to substitute the fees for another WMU training course.  

General Disclaimer 
WMU shall not be liable for damages of any kind resulting from errors or omissions in the training materials, nor shall WMU be liable for any damages resulting from the use of the training materials or other information conveyed at a WMU training course.

This training event is a partnership training event presented by TAPPI and Western Michigan University.

Training Venue:

Western Michigan University
Kalamazoo, Michigan

Hotels Near the Campus:

  1. Radisson Plaza Hotel at Kalamazoo Center
    1. Hotel for Coating Course
    2. No room rate
    3. Shuttles will run from this hotel

  2. Hilton Garden Inn Kalamazoo Downtown
    1. Block or Two from Course
    2. Walk to Shuttle 

  3. Home2 Suites by Hilton Kalamazoo Downtown
    1. Block or Two from Course
    2. Walk to Shuttle 


Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. Registrants should arrive at Western Michigan University by 7:30 for the 8 a.m. course start time.

Floyd Hall
4601 Campus Drive
Kalamazoo, MI 49008

For those driving to the Parkview Campus, no permit is needed during the course. Please see driving directions below as well as attached map.  We are asking that attendees utilize either parking ramp West Parking Deck (P4) or East Parking Deck (P3) highlighted in pink on map.  For closer parking, pull all the way forward on main level deck. Please note, it is approximately 200 yards from the classroom. Signs will be posted on doors and in the hallway to guide you to Floyd Hall D-115. If you have limited mobility or need parking assistance, please reach out to sheri.russell@wmich.edu.

Via US 131
-Take Exit 36 onto Southbound Stadium Drive -Turn South (right) on Drake Road -Stay Southbound on Drake and crossover Parkview Ave.
-Drake becomes Campus Drive

West Parking Deck
-Once on Campus Drive
-Turn Right on Engineering Way West (Fourth Driveway) -West Parking Deck is the Third Entrance on Left

East Parking Deck
-Once on Campus Drive
-Turn Right on Engineering Way East (sixth Driveway) -Second Entrance on the right

If you are taking the shuttle to the WMU Parkview Campus; the departure time is 7:15 a.m. at the Radisson Plaza Hotel.

Tuesday, August 15, 2023
Departure: Radisson Plaza Hotel, 7:15 a.m.
Drop-off: WMU College of Engineering, 7:35 a.m.
Departure: WMU College of Engineering, 5 p.m.
Drop-off: Radisson Plaza Hotel, 5:20 p.m.
Departure: Radisson Plaza Hotel to Bell's Brewery, 6 p.m.
Drop-off: Bell's Brewery to Radisson Plaza Hotel, 9 p.m.
Wednesday, August 16, 2023
Departure: Radisson Plaza Hotel, 7:20 a.m.
Drop-off: WMU College of Engineering, 7:40 a.m.
Departure: WMU College of Engineering, 5:00 p.m.
Drop-off: Radisson Plaza Hotel, 5:20 p.m.
Thursday, August 17, 2023
Departure: Radisson Plaza Hotel, 7:20 a.m.
Drop-off: WMU College of Engineering, 7:40 a.m.
Departure: WMU College of Engineering, 12:15 p.m.
Optional ½ day:
Departure: WMU College of Engineering, 4:45 p.m.
Drop-off: Radisson Plaza Hotel, 5:05 p.m.

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