The #EveryCanCounts Rainbow Arrives in Glasgow for COP26

The #EveryCanCounts Rainbow Arrives in Glasgow for COP26

The #EveryCanCounts Rainbow Arrives in Glasgow for COP26 2560 1863 ChrisUK

To mark COP26, the #EveryCanCounts rainbow archway is being displayed in Shawlands Civic Square in partnership with Glasgow City Council to remind people of the importance of recycling empty drink cans.

The eye-catching installation, in front of Langside Halls, is made from more than 2,500 brightly coloured recycled drink cans and measures four metres high and seven metres wide.

It took four people more than five hours to construct and will remain in place until 4th November to spread the recycling message over the first week of the climate change conference.

Recycling in Glasgow

  • Our own research suggests that more than 2.8 million drink cans are bought and used each week throughout Glasgow.
  • Aluminium is infinitely recyclable and recycling just one can saves enough energy to power a TV for three hours.
  • If all of these cans were recycled, it would give greenhouse gas savings equivalent to taking more than 7,200 cars off the city’s roads for a week.
  • Eight in 10 of those questioned say they always use recycling bins if they are available in public places, with more than seven in 10 claiming that they would recycle more while out and about if there were a greater number of recycling bins.
  • In fact, almost two thirds of Glaswegians say they have become more concerned about the environment and their impact on it over the last 12 months. Half believe this is due to Glasgow’s involvement in the conference.  

Chris Latham-Warde, Programme Manager for Every Can Counts, said:

“The rainbow is our way of reminding people about the importance of recycling cans at a time when the environment is firmly on the city’s agenda.

“Recycling an empty drink can is such an easy thing that each of us can do to help the planet. It might not seem like much, but every can is endlessly recyclable and making a can from recycled metal rather than raw materials uses 95% less energy and produces 95% less greenhouse gas emissions.

“In 2020, a record four out of five drink cans sold in the UK were recycled, given peoples’ lifestyles changed dramatically and we spent much of the year in lockdown. We want to continue making progress now the country has opened back up and our ultimate goal is to achieve a 100% recycling rate for drink cans.”

Councillor Anna Richardson, City Convener for Sustainability and Carbon Reduction at Glasgow City Council, said:

“This installation is a reminder of the importance of recycling, and the significant environmental benefits it brings.  We can all play our part in reducing emissions by recycling as much as we can.”

Alison Thewliss, MP for Glasgow Central, said:

I am thrilled to see the Every Can Counts rainbow in my constituency. It acts as a key reminder of the importance of recycling more and keeping our streets tidy over the course of the landmark COP26 Summit and beyond.

I’m looking forward to seeing people share their photos of this impressive rainbow sculpture, whilst remembering the message behind it. Shifting towards infinitely recyclable materials like aluminium and keeping these materials in circulation by recycling is something we can all do to progress towards a truly circular economy, and to meet the aims of this pivotal Summit in Glasgow.

Visit the #EveryCanCounts Rainbow for COP26

The rainbow makes for an ideal photo backdrop, and Every Can Counts is running a social media photo competition offering the chance to win a £100 shopping voucher and a £500 donation to an environmental charity of your choice. To enter, take a snap of the rainbow and upload it to social media using #COP26Glasgow and tagging @EveryCanCountsUK on Facebook/Instagram or @EveryCanCounts on Twitter.

What is COP26?

COP26 is the 2021 United Nations climate change conference. For nearly 30 years the UN has been bringing together almost every country on earth for global climate summits. These are known as COPs – which stands for ‘Conference of the Parties’. In that time climate change has gone from being a fringe issue to a global priority.

This year will be the 26th annual summit, therefore giving it then name COP26. If you want to find out more about COP26, you can visit the website here: