Tokyo 2020 medal project expected to reach recycling goals

10 February, 2019, 20:29 | Author: Kelly Sanders
  • Tokyo 2020 Olympic medals will be made from electronic waste

The last time Tokyo hosted the Olympics was in 1964.

But probably the most ambitious eco-friendly undertaking hails from Japan, where the organizers of the 2020 Summer Olympics started collecting old smartphones, digital cameras, laptops, and other electronic devices a couple of years back to turn them into. medals.

Dancers perform during the "Love Sport Tokyo 2020" segment during the Closing Ceremony on Day 16 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Maracana Stadium on August 21, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

"Thanks to the huge levels of support from the public and companies across Japan and from national and global 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.


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.

"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 in a statement. 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 designs for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic medals are due to be unveiled later this year. "The elite athletes are being looked after by a different set of professional people so that there is no bureaucracy", Rathore, an olympic silver-medallist in double-trap shooting, said.

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