Tokyo 2020 Olympic medals to be made from recycled electronic waste

Cesar Mills
February 10, 2019

This means that all of the 2020 Olympic medals will potentially have iPhone and Android parts in them.

So far, municipal authorities have collected about 47,488 tons of e-waste and are happy to report they will likely reach their goal of making all 2020 Olympic and Paralympic medals from recycled materials.

The Tokyo Organising Committee said Friday that the goal of collecting over 30kg of gold has been nearly completed, with the necessary amount of precious metals expected to be gathered by the end of March.

The collection of discarded and obsolete electronic devices, including smartphones, digital cameras, handheld games and laptops, was launched in April 2017. While the target for bronze and silver has been attained, the gold remains bit short.

Later this year, after the recycling program concludes, the Olympic committee will reveal the design of the 2020 medals.

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Over $3 million worth of metals have been collected from more than 5 million devices, most of which were handed in at NTT Docomo stores.

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

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. At the Rio Olympics in 2016, recycled metals were used for medals but for less than 30 per cent of gold and silver.

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.

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