First ever batch of lithium ion batteries legally exported from West Africa

17. April 2020

First ever batch of lithium ion batteries legally exported from West Africa

After 2.5 years, Closing the Loop has exported more than 5,000kg of scrap lithium-ion batteries from mobile phones and laptops from Nigeria. These batteries were collected using their local collection networks already used for scrap mobile phones over the last 5 years. The collection and shipment of the batteries have been paid for through Closing the Loop’s innovative business model for circular electronics.

Closing the Loop (CTL) has just exported more than 5,000Kg of scrap lithium ion batteries from mobile phones and laptops from Nigeria. These batteries were collected using their local collection networks already used for scrap mobile phones over the last 5 years.

CTL’s business model for the offsetting of waste from electronics has made this collection possible, and even profitable. This shipment is a next big step for the company after it has succesfully shipped 6 containers of scrap mobile phones from various African countries.

Batteries have always been a lot more challenging, and with the cooperations of local partners Verde Impacto and Hinckley Recycling, this milestone has now been made possible.

Find out more about Closing the Loop here.

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