BIR Will Hold Spring Convention in Shanghai

Association addresses concerns expressed by some members.

May 13, 2013
Recycling Today Staff
Conferences & Events Legislation & Regulations

The Bureau of International Recycling (BIR), Brussels, has stated that it will go forward with its Spring Convention and Exhibition in Shanghai, May 26-29. The BIR’s statement addresses questions made by a number of BIR members who have contacted the association over media reports of avian flu in China.

In a statement on its decision to hold the program in Shanghai, BIR noted: “Over the last weeks, BIR has been carefully monitoring the avian flu situation in China and we follow the recommendations of the World Health Organisation (WHO), which, in close liaison with Chinese health authorities, does neither recommend that any travel or trade restrictions be applied nor does it advise any special screening at points of entry into China.

Regarding the convention organization, the BIR continued, in these last weeks before the event all signs are positive: registrations are proceeding at a steady pace, sponsorship packages are almost fully booked, as are our exhibition stands.

The BIR added that Francis Veys, BIR’s director general, visited Shanghai recently to make some final arrangements regarding the convention and reported that there were no specific measures/announcements at airports or public warnings from Chinese authorities and the Ministry of Health. 

For information on the conference, visit BIR at