•  September 21, 2023
     1:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Shifting from plastic to fiber-based packaging will promote a circular economy, if the packaging is recyclable. Over the years there have been many efforts to determine recyclability of fiber products. Recent shifts in the types of recover fibers going into products has made some of these methods less representative of typical mill operations. In response, we are developing a simplified method to predict the recyclability of paper products that are classified as mixed paper. This program will cover changes in markets for recovered paper,  review of other test methods, and provide an update on the test method being developed to predict the recyclability of mixed paper into packaging.

  • Current trends in recovered paper markets.
  • Overview of current recyclability test methods.
  • Update on efforts to simplify for testing in North America.

About our presenter:
Dr. Carl Houtman has chemical engineering degrees from the University of Minnesota and the University of Delaware in the United States.  He conducted graduate research in polymer science, computational fluid mechanics, and surface science.  After post-doctoral studies at l’Institut de Catalyze in Lyon, France, he taught chemistry and chemical engineering at the University of Wisconsin.  Dr. Houtman joined the staff of the USDA Forest Products Laboratory in 1992 to study wood biogenesis.  Since 1998, he has been directing research efforts on recycling of adhesive-containing papers, elucidating fungal decay mechanisms, and developing a viable biorefinery collocated with a pulp and paper mill.

Thursday, September 21, 2023

1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Central

Free to all
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United States

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