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BIR: See you in Brussels, not Istanbul

The global pandemic has persuaded the Bureau of International Recycling to move its next convention from Istanbul, Turkey to Brussels, Belgium, home of the BIR secretariat. The event retains the original date of 12-13 October.

‘While the Covid-19 situation is easing up in Europe, other countries remain in the firm grip of the pandemic. We have therefore decided to choose Brussels as convention destination because it is an easy and reliable option in terms of accessibility and flexibility with regards to event venues and hotels,’ reports the world recycling organisation in an e-mail to its members.

Different format

BIR intends to set up what’s described as an ‘innovative and dynamic’ event over one-and-a-half days with a strong focus on networking and business exchange. Commodity sessions will be held in a slightly different format to allow a concise overview of the markets while leaving the emphasis on physical trading. There will also be a small exhibition of recycling equipment and service providers.

Corona-proof gathering

‘Be reassured that all relevant health and safety regulations will be applied to ensure that our attendees stay in good health,’ the recycling industry body stresses.  In the coming weeks BIR will announce more information on the event programme and the selected venue in Brussels.

It says it will still go to Istanbul for a future convention, ‘quite probably in May 2022’.

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