Tokyo 2020 Olympic organizers are taking a more eco-friendly approach for Olympic and Paralympic medals: Each bronze, silver, and gold award will be made from recycled electronic gadgets.
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. The Tokyo 2020 Medal Project, which will end on March 31, 2019, has accumulated roughly 47,488 tons of e-waste for the sustainable medals.[embedded content]
“Thanks to the huge levels of support from the public and companies across Japan and from national and international 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 Tokyo 2020 Medal Project, which was launched in Japan in April 2017, involves the collection of obsolete digital cameras, smartphones, and laptops, that will be used for Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic medals. As of November, about 2,400 NTT DOCOMO mobile phone operator stores and 1,594 municipal authorities across Japan were acting as collection centers for these old gadgets.
A huge thank you to everyone who has donated to the Tokyo 2020 Medal Project so far! This is one way that we are working to create a sustainable Games, so be sure to keep following our progress as we aim to complete our metal collection goal in 2019. https://t.co/HVOpYLFwZr pic.twitter.com/Pr2WYmtHsq
— #Tokyo2020 (@Tokyo2020) October 24, 2018
Targeted amounts of bronze, gold, and silver were also successful from the nationwide collection: By June 2018, the targeted amount of bronze (roughly 2,700 kilograms) was already extracted from old devices. In October, 28.4 kilograms of gold (93.7 percent of the targeted 30.3 kilograms goal) and 3,500 kilograms of silver (85.4 percent of the targeted 4,100 kilograms goal) were sourced from recycled electronics.
The committee said the designs for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic medals will be introduced in summer 2019.
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