Sustainable e-waste solutions

Whether reconditioned or not, ICT equipment can pose a serious environmental threat when it reaches its end-of-life. While much of the Western world has the necessary infrastructure and regulatory support to oversee proper management of e-waste, the developing world often lacks the expertise and infrastructure needed to do this.

What does WorldLoop do?

In 2009 Close the Gap launched WorldLoop, a public-private partnership to facilitate the creation of an environmentally sound e-waste management system in developing countries. Today, WorldLoop supports the end-of-life management of ICT equipment in different African countries.

WorldLoop strives to achieve its mission – to reduce the negative environmental impact of end-of-life ICT equipment – by helping to create accessible, environmentally sound, socially responsible and sustainable e-waste recycling solutions, and ultimately turning e-waste into a sustainable economic resource.


What can you do?

Supporters of Close the Gap can also offset their IT donations and reduce carbon emission by supporting the sustainable end-of-life management of the assets while promoting local job creation and protecting the environment by participating in the e-Resource Certificate Programme.


Your possible impact

For every 1 ton of e-waste collected and properly recycled, 1.44 tons of CO2 emissions are avoided.

The e-Resource Certificate Programme ensures that all e-waste fractions, both valuable and hazardous, end up in proper treatment streams. The mechanism to make this happen are the e-Resource Certificates, which fund:

  • Local entrepreneurs in developing countries to start up e-waste collection and dismantling activities
  • Local e-waste awareness raising and collection campaigns
  • The assurance that the highest standards are met for training, environmental compliance, and business management
  • The assurance that all e-waste fractions are treated for 100% in an environmentally sound way

Learn more at

Watch our interactive web documentary Let's Talk Trash.



Tonnes of e-waste recycled

59 000

# offsetting certificates purchased