Tokyo's 2020 Olympic medals to be made from discarded phones, cameras

James Marshall
February 8, 2019

On Thursday, the Tokyo Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Tokyo 2020) announced that they're expected to reach the goal for their nationwide collection of discarded devices.

Tokyo's organising committee in 2017 launched a project to collect assorted electronic waste - including old smartphones and laptops - from the public to collect metal for the medals.

The recycled metal has been collected from the Japanese public as well as businesses and industry.

By November 2018, a grand total of 47,488 tonnes of discarded devices had already been donated to Tokyo's municipal authorities, with an additional five million phones handed over by customers of a major local wireless service provider.

Incredibly enough, all the required bronze to complete the mission was already collected and extracted by last June, with over 90 percent of the gold and around 85 percent of the silver target also accomplished around the same time.

"Thanks to the huge levels of support from the public and companies across Japan and from national and worldwide athletes, it is estimated that the remaining amounts of metals required to manufacture all Olympic and Paralympic medals can be extracted from the devices already donated", Tokyo 2020 said in the press statement.

The committee met its target of 2,700kg of bronze in June 2018, while nearly 94 percent of the 30.3kg gold target and over 85 percent of the 4,100kg silver target was met in October. 2020 witll mark the first year with Olympic medals designed 100% from recycled material.

The design of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics medals will be unveiled in the middle of 2019.

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