BIR tells us that despite all their efforts and best intentions to offer a “physical” World Recycling Convention this October in Brussels, they now confirm that a face-to-face meeting is not possible. Current COVID-19 regulations in Belgium compromise Brussels as an event venue and numerous countries are implementing strict quarantine measures and travel restrictions which prevent BIR members travelling safely to the meeting.
“A safe and successful BIR Convention for all concerned – that was our first priority. That objective is unfortunately no longer feasible as attendees, sponsors and exhibitors should not be exposed to potential health risks,” says Tom Bird, BIR President.
Therefore, BIR will be offering a virtual World Recycling Convention, starting on 12 and 13 October with general cross-commodity sessions of overarching interest to the recycling community such as Spotlight on Global Trade and a Worldwide Outlook on Economic Developments and Financial Markets. These sessions will be immediately followed by commodity webinars and plans to offer networking tools that will allow participants to connect and do business with each other.
The BIR secretariat will be circulating more in-depth information on the event format, convention programme and conditions for participation in the coming weeks.