Circular Economy Approaches for Electronics in Nigeria

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 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.