Published 29th of October 2021

We are delighted to announce that Shredall SDS Group is helping to make COP26 more sustainable by recycling all of the volunteers’ uniforms and generating clean energy in the process. The support we’re providing will reduce the summit’s overall carbon emissions, contributing towards our Environmental Commitment.


What is COP26?

COP26 is the 2021 United Nations climate change conference. The name stands for ‘Conference of the Parties’ – as this year is the 26th summit, it is commonly referred to as COP26.

Over 30,000 people are attending the conference in Glasgow from the 31st October to the 12th November 2021, representing over 200 countries from around the world. The programme will include a mix of talks from world leaders and environmentalists, interactive events, and discussions all centred around sustainability and protecting the environment.

The four main aims of COP26 are to:

  1. Secure global net zero by 2050 and limit future temperature increases to 1.5degrees.
  2. Adapt to protect communities and natural habitats.
  3. Mobilise finance to help fund global environmental efforts.
  4. Work together to counteract global warming.

Visit the official COP26 website to learn more.

UN Climate Change conference UK 2021 Logo

How is Shredall SDS Group supporting the UN climate change summit?

To enable the summit to go ahead, the help of over 1,000 volunteers is required. All of these volunteers are wearing COP26 branded uniforms made from recycled and sustainable fabrics.

Shredall SDS Group is collecting and recycling the uniforms on behalf of COP26. The fabric will be shredded following our usual textile shredding procedure. Working with our partnered facility, we will then produce electricity using the material from the uniforms via a solid recovered fuel (SRF) process.

Our approach to recycling will ensure that all of the fabric from the COP26 uniforms is transformed into clean energy. In this way, we’ll be helping to minimise the environmental impact of COP26, making the conference itself as sustainable as possible.

Nik Williams, Managing Director at Shredall SDS Group, had this to say about our involvement with COP26:

“We couldn’t be more proud of our work in supporting the 2021 UN climate change conference. Protecting the environment is at the heart of everything we do at Shredall SDS Group – and this project is the latest extension of our contribution to the circular economy.

“Our business is fully aligned with the vision of COP26. We understand that the time to take action on climate change is now. With this global event taking place so close to our Glasgow facility, we were always keen to play a part and felt that we had something valuable to offer.

“By recycling over a thousand COP26 volunteer uniforms, Shredall SDS Group is helping to make sure that the material doesn’t go to waste. The recycling process will transform the fabric from the uniforms into clean energy, reducing the carbon footprint of the summit.”


Learn more

Head over to our circular economy page to learn more about our efforts to help businesses reduce and reuse the waste they produce.

If your company needs support with uniform shredding services, don’t hesitate to get in touch today.