Circular Economy Approaches for Electronics in Nigeria

This Action aligns with the following Calls to Action from the Circular Economy Action Agenda for Electronics

6. Set Up Effective Collection Systems

10. Integrate and Advance Decent Work in the Transition to a Circular Economy for Electronics


Long term ambition

Create one model for a circular electronics system to be applied in Nigeria and replicated across other countries in Africa.



  • In 2018, 50 million metric tonnes of e-waste was generated and 

  • E-waste is one of the fastest-growing waste streams globally

  • Only 20% of e-waste is recycled through appropriate channels

  • E-waste contains high-value materials, with an estimated value of $55 billion

  • Informal e-waste processing poses significant health and environmental hazards



  • To stimulate the development of a sustainable and circular management system of electronics products in Nigeria

  • Develop a model for scaling to other African countries


Project description 

This project aims to advance a systemic change in the way the value of electronics is captured in Africa. By convening public and private partners, it supports: (1) the recovery of valuable materials contained in electronics at the end of their use for their reuse in local production processes: (2) the safe handling of the hazardous components included in electronics waste; and (3) strengthen the enabling conditions for a self-sustaining system of extended producers responsibility legislation for the electronics sector in Nigeria.


UNEP (leading partner), National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency of Nigeria (NESREA), E-Waste Producer Responsibility Organisation Nigeria (EPRON), Hinckley, UNU, GEF, with support from Philips, Dell, Hewlett Packard, Microsoft, World Economic Forum.