Paperboard Testing

Analytical testing dotsPaperboard Testing More than ten years ago, the Recycled Paperboard Technical Association (RPTA) in conjunction with ALS Environmental began performing migration studies for food-contact paperboard. This long-term collaboration resulted in the RPTA’s publication of “Chemical Testing Protocol for Food-Contact Paperboard made from Recycled Fiber” in 1998 and the attendant annual monitoring that continues today. The lab testing protocol includes the parameters listed in the chart below...

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RPTA Testing Protocol Parameters for Food-Contact Paperboard

Parameters Methods Notes
FDA Extractives CFR 176.170 Conditions of use dependent upon product utilization
Bacteria SM 9215B Swab Test Protocol (1991)
Metals EPA 6010/6020/7432 ICP-MS techniques preformed to achieve sensitivity for low allowable concentrations
Chlorinated Pesticides EPA 8081
PCBs (as Aroclors) EPA 8082 Low-level GC/ECD technique used
Volatile Organic Compounds EPA 8260 GC/MS technique used
Dioxin (2378-TCDD and 2378-TCDF) EPA 1613 or 8290 Trace technique used to reach 1 ppt reporting limit
PAHs EPA 8270 SIM Low-level selective ion monitoring (SIM) technique required to reach allowance concentrations
Semivolatile Organic Compounds EPA 8270 Includes phthalate esters and other base neutral semivolatile organics

Analytical testing dotsAdditional Product Testing Services include the following:

  • Odor Emissions and Identification: Reduced Sulfur Compounds
  • Carbonless Paper Component: Diisopropylnaphthalene (DIPN), Secondary Butyl Diphenyl Methane, and Secondary Butyl
  • Diphenyl Ethane
  • Wet Strength Resin Components: Acetaldehyde and Formaldehyde
  • Coatings/Retention Aids: Acrylamide, Ethyl Acetate, and Vinyl Acetate
  • Simulated Microwave Emissions: Acrylonitrile, Benzene, Carbon Tetrachloride, Chloroform, 1,2-
  • Dichloroethane, 1,4-Dioxane, Epichlorohydrin, Ethyl Acrylate, Methylene Chloride, and Trichlorethylene
  • Proposition 65 Components
  • Phthalate Esters
  • Analytical Method Development for specific customer or regulatory parameters
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Expanded Services for RPTA Members

ALS Environmental has provided services to most RPTA member mills. We have strived to provide the finest technical and customer service possible and consider the program a great success.


Stormwater (Permit Specific)
• COD, TSS, TOC, Oil & Grease
• Metals

Wastewater (NPDES)
• pH, TSS, BOD
• Metals, VOCs, SVOCs
• Priority Pollutants
• NCASI Protocols

Used Oil
• Metals, PCBs,

Total Halogens
• Heat of Combustion

Hazardous Waste
• Ignitability
• Corrosivity
• Reactivity
• Profile Sheets

Product Testing
• Dairyman’s Standard
• FDA Extractions
• Proposition 65
• Customer Specific Parameters

Cluster Rule
• HAPs, Methanol
• Chloroform
• Chlorinated Phenolics
• Dioxins / Furans
• Sampling Media

Air Testing
• Formaldehyde
• Metals
• TRS Speciation
• Pentachlorophenol
• NCASI Protocols
• Sampling Media

Groundwater Monitoring
• Appendix I
• Appendix II
• Appendix IX

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  • Standard turn-around time for most projects is ten working days.
  • Weekend receipt of samples available by request
  • CLP-like reports available
  • Electronic Data Deliverables and e-mailed reports
  • Consulting services provided to achieve the best total solution
  • Customized sampling kits

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