Why does Closing the Loop collect phones in Africa instead of Europe?

Proper collection and management of electronic waste is not facilitated in African countries. When phones become end-of-life on the African continent, it is not possible to properly recycle them locally. On the contrary, there are five proper facilities in Europe. The waste that we collect would otherwise not be formally collected, let alone properly recycled. That increased waste reduction is used to compensate our customers’ devices.