The telecom binman

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30 March 2017

The film “Closing the Loop: from mobile waste to gold” tells the story of ING client Joost de Kluijver.

Once upon a time, Joost de Kluijver sold second-hand mobile phones in Africa. It was a good business. But when he realised that he was only adding to a growing global e-waste problem, De Kluijver turned his business model upside down.

Could he close the loop?
Closing the loop

From mobile waste to gold! The success story of ING client Joost de Kluijver and his business Closing the Loop. More info at

Geplaatst door ING op dinsdag 4 april 2017

Watch the film: How Joost de Kluijver turned used phones into a business. [3:49].

His company, Closing the Loop, doesn’t just find valuable materials in used phones from Africa, encouraging local partners to set up their own phone-collecting business. It also helps companies including ING dispose of their redundant phones in a waste-free way.

“Closing the Loop: from mobile waste to gold” is part of a series that celebrates the courageous steps clients take in their life and/or business. It's stories like these that remind us why we're here: to empower people like Joost to stay a step ahead in life and in business.

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