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Message from BIR President Tom Bird - BIR World Recycling Convention forced to go fully online due to pandemic, offering virtual networking opportunities

  • 10 September 2020
  • Convention

Dear fellow members, 

Despite all our efforts and best intentions to offer you a “physical” World Recycling Convention this October in Brussels, I must now confirm that a face-to-face meeting is not possible.

Current COVID-19 regulations in Belgium compromise Brussels as event venue and numerous countries are implementing strict quarantine measures and travel restrictions, which prevent BIR members to travel safely to the meeting during the pandemic.

A safe and successful BIR Convention for all concerned - that was our first priority. Due to the still unforeseeable circumstances, this objective is unfortunately no longer feasible. We absolutely want to ensure that attendees, sponsors and exhibitors should not be exposed to potential health risks when maintaining a physical event.

Therefore, we 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 as organised during our first Global eForum, and we are planning to offer networking tools that will allow participants to connect and do business with each other - this is a new service compared to the Global eForum in June 2020. 

The BIR secretariat will be circulating more in-depth information on the event format, convention programme and conditions for participation in the coming weeks.

Thank you for your understanding, we count on you to make this virtual convention a full success.

Tom Bird
BIR President

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