Take up your front row seat at our latest global recycling event!

The new innovative “TV-format” will be packed with hot-topic plenary sessions and lively panel discussions but will also feature on-demand news, interviews, market reports, company videos and entertaining content – staged in a creative virtual setting designed to offer you the best service and a unique, user-friendly experience.

Start planning your online event now, for unlimited opportunities to learn from and connect with high-profile recycling professionals from across the globe.

Please note that this schedule is tentative and may be subject to small changes prior to the actual event.

Monday, 31 May 2021

14.15 – 14.30

Opening Session followed by

14.30 - 16.00

"The Challenge" - Special Convention Edition

Host Michael Lion (ITC Chair) and two co-anchors, Mark Sellier (BIR Communications Chair) and Murat Bayram (BIR Convention Chair) will be focusing primarily in this edition on two issues of crucial controversial concern:

  • Regulations and Protectionism - Recycling’s advocacy and activism in a post pandemic world
  • Chronic Container Chaos - The Challenge Team takes a deep dive into the current freight farrago!

"The Challenge" team:


Michael Lion

President, Everwell Resources Ltd (CHN)


Murat Bayram

Managing Director Non-Ferrous Europe, European Metal Recycling Ltd (GBR)


Mark Sellier

President, Global Metals Network Limited (CHN)

With their invited guests:

Andrew Hoad

Chief Network Officer, Supply Chain & Logistics, DP World (CHN)

Adina Renee Adler

Vice President of Advocacy, ISRI (USA)

Emmanuel Katrakis

Secretary General, European Recycling Industries' Confederation EuRIC (EU)

A catch-up conversation with:

Tom Bird

BIR President

16.05 - 16.25

Industry Insight (virtual plant visits, product presentations & more)

16.30 - 17.30

International Environment Council

Expert insight into latest recycling rules and regulations

The only certainty is uncertainty, recyclers often say. But to the list of sure things we should also add the constant stream of new legislation that impacts the recycling industry. This year is seeing no reduction in the flow: indeed, new Basel Convention amendments were introduced on the very first day of 2021 and have already brought complications for those trading in recycled plastics.

Across the range of recyclable commodities, the International Environment Council monitors all of the new legislation that is proposed and implemented worldwide, and so its virtual meeting on May 31 will be the perfect opportunity not only to catch up with the latest rules and regulations but also to arrive at a deeper understanding of how these might affect your business.


Olivier Francois

Galloo (BEL/FRA)


Julia Blees

Senior Policy Officer, European Recycling Industries' Confederation EuRIC (EU)


Aurelio Braconi

Senior Manager, Circular Economy & Raw Materials, EUROFER (EU)


Ross Bartley

Trade & Environment Director, Bureau of International Recycling

17.40 - 17.55

Fireside Chat (interviews)

Tuesday, 1 June 2021

09.00 - 09.15

Morning Brief

09.30 -10.30

Ferrous Division

Timely assessment of the major ferrous scrap market issues

Greg Schnitzer

Vice-President, Sims Metal Management Global Trade Corporation (USA)


Lee Allen

Senior Price Reporter, Fastmarkets Ltd (GBR)


Jack Lim

Senior Trader in charge of international trade for coke, steel scrap and steel billet, Zhejiang Metals and Material Co (CHN)

10.35 -11.35

Shredder Committee

BIR survey puts spotlight on shredder safety

Workforce safety has always been a matter of paramount importance to companies engaged in scrap shredding. Approaching two years ago, BIR initiated a survey of shredder owners and operators worldwide in order to identify the main areas of injury risk; their feedback has been analysed in the ground-breaking 2019 Shredder Safety Survey report, which is to be discussed at the BIR Shredder Committee’s online meeting on June 1.

This important annual survey will enable shredder owners to benchmark their own safety performance against similar operations around the world and will also provide a basis for safety briefings for employees and contractors working on shredder sites.

The meeting in June will also include an update of the World Shredder List and a focus on equipment available for capturing unwanted air emissions from shredders.


Alton Scott Newell III

President, Newell Recycling Equipment (USA)

Guest speaker

Frederick Thoma

Head of Sales, Keller Lufttechnik Benelux (BEL)


Chris Bedell

 Sr. Vice President, General Counsel, The David J. Joseph Company (USA)


Martin Dörner

Sales Manager Recycling Plants, Ventilatorenfabrik Oelde Gmb (DEU)


Ross Bartley

Trade & Environment Director, Bureau of International Recycling

11.35 - 11.50

Market Pulse (Ferrous market report)

12.00 - 12.20

Industry Insight (virtual plant visits, product presentations & more)

12.30 - 13.30

E-Scrap Committee

The main challenges for the 2020s

Over the last year or so, technology has helped us all to cope more effectively with social and business restrictions imposed in response to the pandemic. At the same time, technology represents an ever-growing and more complex conundrum for the world’s recyclers. Waste from electrical and electronic equipment is expanding at a rate of 3-5% each year.

So what are the main challenges for the current decade? What direction are regulations and enforcement likely to take? What will be the roles of extended producer responsibility and of the informal sector? And how best can BIR offer support to its members operating in this area of recycling? The BIR E-Scrap Committee’s must-attend virtual meeting on June 1 will seek to provide some answers to the key questions facing our sector. 


Dr. Helmut Kolba

Managing Director, Remondis Electrorecycling GmbH (DEU)

Guest speaker

Marc Affüpper

COO, TSR Recycling GmbH & Co KG (DEU)

guest speaker

Klaus Hieronimy

European Recycling Platform (ERP) 

13.40 - 14.40

Keynote Session

14.45 - 15.00

Fireside Chat (interviews)

15.00 - 16.00

Stainless Steel & Special Alloys

Chairman Stainless-Steel & Special Alloys Committee

Joost van Kleef

Managing Director, Oryx Stainless BV (NLD)

guest speaker

Olivier Masson

Senior Analyst, Roskill Information Services (GBR)

Guest speaker

Alina Racu

Market Analyst, Nornickel - Metal Trade Overseas AG (CHE)


Tobias Kämmer

CEO, Oryx Stainless AG (NLD)

16.15 - 16.30

Market Pulse (Stainless Steel market report)

Wednesday, 2 June 2021

09.00 - 09.15

Morning Brief

09.30 -10.30

Plastics Committee

Basel amendments add to uncertainties for plastics recyclers

The severe operational and market difficulties encountered during a COVID-dominated 2020 have been superseded by a new set of challenges in 2021, including sky-high freight rates and trading uncertainties created by enforcement of the new Basel Convention amendments in January.

On the plus side, however, recycled plastics have been attracting huge demand and rising prices, not least because of the growing trend towards mandated recycled contents in final products. Such mandates, as well as extended producer responsibility and design for recycling, will form the cornerstone of discussions at the BIR Plastics Committee’s virtual gathering on June 2.

There will also be the customary invaluable update on latest plastics recycling market developments around the world.


Henk Alssema

Vita Plastics (NLD)

Guest speaker

Eelco Smit

Senior Director Sustainability, Philips (NLD)


Max Craipeau

CEO, Greencore Resources Ltd (CHN)


Sally Houghton

Plastic Recycling Corporation of California - PRCC (USA)


Geert van de Ven

Managing Director , Rotterdam Polymer Hub (NLD)


Dr. Steve Wong

Executive President, Fukutomi Co Ltd/China Sustainable Plastics Association (CHN)

10.35 - 10.55

Industry Insight (virtual plant visits, product presentations & more)

11.00 - 12.00

Tyres & Rubber Committee

Momentum favouring use of recycled rubber

Although end-of-life tyres (ELTs) provide a large proportion of the material handled and processed by the rubber recycling sector, the non-ELT rubber scrap market is also significant in size and highly diverse.

The BIR Tyres & Rubber Committee’s virtual meeting on June 2 will review the different types of rubber scrap generated in the market as well as their estimated volumes. Momentum is swinging in favour of recycled rubber as an ever-growing number of brands look to boost the recycled content of their new products, and so the meeting will also focus on some of the challenges to its increased uptake, including technical properties, odour and safety.


Max Craipeau

CEO, Greencore Resources Ltd (CHN)

guest speaker

Asmipudin Mohd Ali Jinnah

CEO, Bridge Fields Resources Sdn Bhd (MYS)

guest speaker

Harsh Gandhi

Joint Managing Director, GRP Limited (IND)


Martin von Wolfersdorff

Wolfersdorff Consulting (DEU)

12.00 - 12.15

Market Pulse (Plastics market report)

12.15 - 12.35

Industry Insight (virtual plant visits, product presentations & more)

13.00 - 14.00

Textiles Division

How far are textiles recyclers along road to recovery?

The pandemic is continuing to exert a hold over business prospects as countries adopt different speeds in their vaccination programmes and easing of restrictions. Concerns over prices, stocks and manpower still dominate day-to-day business - and are likely to do so for some time to come. However, recycling and the use of recycled textiles have never received so much attention, particularly from fashion brands.

The BIR Textiles Division’s virtual meeting on June 2 will provide an opportunity for recycling experts to assess how far along the road to recovery and normality we have travelled, as well as what the post-COVID landscape might look like.  


Martin Boeschen


guest speaker

Emile Bruls

Advisor, Rijkswaterstaat – The Dutch Ministry of Water and Infrastructure (NLD)

guest speaker

Jonas Eder-Hansen

Public Affairs Director, Global Fashion Agenda (DNK)

guest speaker

David Watson

Senior Consultant, Plan Miljø (DNK)


Alan Wheeler

Director, Textile Recycling Association (GBR)

14.30 - 14.45

All about recycling! Interactive Quiz

15.00 - 16.00

Non-Ferrous Metals Division

Competing distractions for non-ferrous scrap sector

COVID continues to provide a backdrop to day-to-day business life, although the early months of 2021 have also thrown up an array of competing distractions: the prospect of stricter rules governing shipments of non-ferrous scrap to Malaysia, fuelling concerns that other ASEAN countries could adopt similar measures; the bedding-in of China’s new import system for recycled brass, copper and cast aluminium raw materials, leading to greater demand for high-purity scrap; container shortages and significantly increased freight rates; and the business impacts - both positive and negative - of elevated non-ferrous prices.

The BIR Non-Ferrous Metals Division’s virtual meeting on June 2 will provide its customary surgical analysis of all the key issues affecting the non-ferrous scrap sector.

President BIR NON-Ferrous division

David Chiao

Uni-All Group Ltd (USA)

guest speaker

Eric Tan

President, Malaysia Non-Ferrous Metals Association (MYS)


Murat Bayram

Managing Director Non-Ferrous Europe, EMR - European Metal Recycling Ltd (DEU)


Paul Coyte

Trading Manager/Managing Director, Hayes Metals (NZL)


Dhawal Shah

Director, Metco Marketing (IND)

16.00 - 16.15

Fireside Chat (interviews)

16.30 - 17.30

Paper Division

Can paper recyclers be optimistic for second half of 2021?

Although COVID remains a constant and threatening background presence, recovered paper has made a relatively positive start to 2021. Strong sales into the recovering economies of South East Asia have served to ease oversupply elsewhere in the world, while Turkey is continuing to build its reputation as a major fibre importer. But while packaging is enjoying a boom, other sectors - such as the newspaper industry - have been put into an even steeper tailspin by the pandemic. With so many factors in play, can we be optimistic about a strong second half to 2021?

Tune in to the BIR Paper Division’s latest e-meeting on June 2 and find out what the experts think.

President bir paper division

Jean-Luc Petithuguenin

Paprec Recyclage (FRA)


Julia Blees

Senior Policy Officer, European Recycling Industries' Confederation EuRIC (EU)


Sebastien Ricard

Chief Sustainability Officer & Head of Public Affairs, Paprec Recyclage (FRA)

17.30 - 17.45

Market Pulse (Textiles, Non-Ferrous, Paper market reports)

17.45 - 18.00

Convention Wrap-up

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