What’s in a Tokyo 2020 medal? Old phones, discarded cameras

Rodiano Bonacci
Febbraio 8, 2019

The project, which was launched in April 2017, was aimed at engaging the public in preparation for the Summer Games and "respecting the environment by using scrap metals in the manufacture of medals".

Orgainizers for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo are in the process of collecting electronic waste in order to create medals made exclusively out of recycled material, according to numerous reports.

The aim was to collect 30.3kg of gold, 4,100kg of silver and 2,700kg of bronze.

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

Collection centers were set up across 1,594 municipalities, where around 47,488 tons of discarded gadgetry were dumped as of November past year.

In a statement issued today, organisers said the collection was expected to reach its goal and will end in late March.

They hit the target for bronze last June, and by October had more than 90 percent of the gold and 85 percent of the silver.

"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.

Later this year, after the recycling program concludes, the Olympic committee will reveal the design of the 2020 medals. If those metals sound familiar, it's because they are the materials that make up Olympic medals.

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