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AMERIPEN COVID-19 Resource Center
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COVID-19 Resources

AMERIPEN and its members are committed to the safety and well-being of everyone impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. We support those at the forefront of this situation, working hard to protect the health of our global citizens. As we navigate this uncertain future in the upcoming weeks and months AMERIPEN feels it is important we offer fact-based resources for our stakeholders to understand how the packaging industry is working to protect our safety, as well as the value packaging can bring in the fight against novel coronavirus. The resources on this page are intended to offer information on how the entire packaging value chain – material suppliers, packaging producers, consumer packaged goods companies and end-of-life materials managers – is involved in fighting the spread of the novel coronavirus crisis. Please check back frequently as we add more content to this page.


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Packaging can play an essential role in helping American’s with their efforts to maintain social distance, but many people have inquired if it’s safe to handle packaging received from grocery shopping or ecommerce. While several reports have noted the COVID-19 virus can remain active on surfaces for short periods of time, packaging has not been identified as a source of transmission. Most medical professionals are suggesting packaging is safe to handle. Although deemed safe, it is recommended that consumers wash their hands after handling new packaging at stores or upon delivery to their home.

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Packaging provides for the safe transportation of food and household products and provides essential hygiene and sterilization protection for healthcare. In areas across the U.S., nonessential businesses have been ordered to close, with health and public officials directing only essential businesses to remain open. This is a critical decision for the safety of all of us. The manufacturing of packaging has been deemed by the federal government to be an essential service for multiple industries. AMERIPEN appreciates the many Americans working across the packaging industry value chain who are showing up to work each day and trying to maintain essential manufacturing under difficult situations. 

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As an essential service, packaging manufacturers are not only responding with business as usual to ensure we can keep stores stocked and households provided with the goods they need. Many are also redesigning production lines or remanufacturing products to meet supply chain shortfalls. Please check back frequently for more information on how the packaging industry is innovating to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

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Should we continue to recycle during this time? While some local programs in the U.S. have closed, the federal government say yes, recycling is an essential service. Systems to reprocess and remanufacture recycled materials are designed to kill pathogens and are often built to eliminate or reduce direct contact. Furthermore, maintaining access to domestic raw materials during a time when global supply chains are fractured may be an effective strategy to maintain our manufacturing economy after COVID-19 passes. AMERIPEN appreciates and recognizes the many workers across the waste and recycling industries who are working daily to ensure vital feedstocks are maintained for industrial manufacturing.

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AMERIPEN is the only trade association focused exclusively on public policy for the entire U.S. packaging industry in order to promote the best use, benefits and functions of packaging. As such, we are well aware of how national and global events can influence policy, and this is of course no less true for the ongoing pandemic. Information included in this section is intended to highlight policymaker actions and discussions related to packaging and the environment, but is not intended to endorse or represent specific AMERIPEN positions on those policies.

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