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Olympic medals at Tokyo 2020 to be made of e-waste

10 February 2019, 08:30 | Dale Webster

Olympic medals at Tokyo 2020 to be made of e-waste

Tokyo Olympic organisers said they expect to collect enough obsolete electronic devices to reach the amount that will be required to manufacture all Olympic and Paralympic medals

The Tokyo Olympics committee, according to a report by Engadget, has revealed that it will "forge its 2020 Olympics medals from recycled smartphones, laptops and other gadgets". "The project has offered the public an opportunity to play an important role in the games" preparations, at the same time drawing attention to the importance of sustainability under the Tokyo 2020 slogan Be Better, Together - for the Planet and the People, ' said the committee in a statement.

This creates a significant supply for collection and Olympic medal formation.

In April 2017, the organising committee launched an initiative to recoup unwanted electronic devices with companies across Japan, as well as athletes and the general public, lending their support to the drive. After collecting more than 48,000 tons of e-waste, the target for bronze has been met, while the country has 85.4 percent of the silver and 93.7 percent of the gold necessary.

Around 47,488 tons of old devices had been collected by October previous year, with more than 5m mobile phones handed over.




The organizers said they will announce the medal designs for the 2020 Games this summer.

"It is estimated that the remaining amounts of metal required to manufacture all Olympic and Paralympic medals can be extracted from the devices already donated", Tokyo 2020 organisers said. At the Rio Olympics in 2016, recycled metals were used for medals but for less than 30 per cent of gold and silver.

So far, Tokyo's committee reached its bronze incentive, but it still around six percent off its 30.3 kg gold target and 15 percent of its 4,100 kg silver goal.



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