BIR World Recycling Convention Covers Launch of Website, Award Presentation

Brussels, Belgium - An information-packed BIR General Assembly in Monte-Carlo witnessed the official launch of the organization's new website, details of a new structure for the Environment Committee and the award of the first BIR Gold Medal in 14 years.

The Gold Medal and accompanying plaque were awarded posthumously to Ken Iverson, former Chairman and CEO of Nucor Corporation of the USA, for his "outstanding promotion of recycling" through the development of scrap-intensive, mini-mill technology.

BIR also announced Gold Pen awards for Albert Patin and Jean-Claude Platier of France's 'Recyclage Recuperation' magazine for their contribution to the promotion of recycling in trade journalism. Tribute was also paid to another hugely influential recycling journalist Ian Cooper, BIR's PR Advisor who died in November, as well as to Jan Levin, President of BIR in 1973-77 and interim President in 1982-83, who also died recently. Mr. Levin had also chaired the organization's Convention and Communications Committee.

It was BIR's current Communications Director, Elisabeth Christ, who outlined to the General Assembly the substantial member benefits to be gleaned from the organization's new website. As well as general features available to all visitors, the website contained 'members only' information on, for example, export controls, processing plant and latest legislative developments. The website also boasted a secure, on-line members directory, she explained.

Outgoing Environment Committee Chairman Patrick Neenan of the UK outlined proposals to change the committee's name to the BIR International Environment Council (IEC) and to a more prominent role within this new set-up to the National Associations, each of which will be asked to provide the IEC with a delegate/member.

Confirming that BIR enjoyed a solid financial situation, Treasurer Bjorn Voigt of Germany said money was now available to be spent in particularly valuable areas of activity, such as services and external communication. The "very conservative" budget was duly approved by delegates to the General Assembly.