WE BELIEVE IN A WORLD
IN WHICH WASTE IS NOT WASTED
WHAT WE DO
We buy broken mobile phones (e-waste), in collaboration with local partners in Africa and Asia, and ensure that the devices are recycled responsibly. This way we prevent them from ending up in landfills or in illegal hands and we create new value for discarded mobiles.
We offer organisations a simple way to make their mobile phone use circular. For every mobile phone they use, Closing the Loop will save one from e-waste dumps. One for One. By reducing their mobile footprint, organisations become circular frontrunners.
Over two billion phones are produced every year. Six billion people around the world have mobile phones. There are only five factories in the entire world that responsibly and safely recycle mobile phones.
Hundreds of millions of the world’s ‘waste phones’ end up in African and Asian countries that lack proper recycling facilities. Here it’s often recycled by the informal sector, leading to environmental pollution, loss of valuable raw materials and to health issues.
Urban mining (extracting metals from waste rather than from ore) avoids the pollution of traditional mining and saves up to 99% CO2.
1.000.000 scrap phones collected
2.000 people who benefit financially from our approach
Local collection networks in more than ten African and Asian countries
3.000 scrap phones collected on behalf of our clients (One for One)
COMPANIES REDUCING THEIR MOBILE FOOTPRINT: ONE FOR ONETo scale up our business of buying discarded phones in developing countries we launched a proposition for companies this summer. We offer them a simple way to make their mobile phone use circular. For every mobile phone they use, Closing the Loop saves one from e-waste dumps. We call it One for One. We are very proud to introduce these circular frontrunners below who are reducing their mobile footprint by working with us!Read more +
ALREADY ONE MILLION DISCARDED TELEPHONES COLLECTED!In Africa, hundreds of millions of broken mobile telephones end up in landfills every year. The consequences are obvious: not only does this result in pollution and health hazards, but also a loss of valuable metals, including gold. Closing the Loop is a socially engaged company and the first in the world to transform this waste problem into an opportunity for recycling. She buys up discarded telephones in developing countries and have them recycled in Europe. This month, the company bought its one millionth discarded telephone in Cameroon.Read more +
WATCH THE DOCUMENTARY TEGENLICHT MADE ABOUT US"Our waste is worth money. It is called Urban Mining and it is hot. It can be the solution for many of our environmental problems and our energy needs."Read more +