published on 11 February 2019 in energy

Recycling arrives at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics

The upcoming Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games will place a special focus on the environment and recycling, and indeed the 5,000 medals awarded to Olympic and Paralympics athletes will be made with gold, silver and bronze (copper and tin alloy) recovered from old smartphones and other electronic devices. This is the aim of the Tokyo 2020 Medal Project launched in 2017.

The project has attracted the support of citizens and companies, allowing the Organising Committee to collect 47,500 tons of electronic waste already by October, including 5 million mobile phones collected by the Japanese mobile operator NTT Docomo at its points of sale throughout the country. Thanks to this extensive participation, in June all the bronze required was already available. With regard to the other metals, the gold collected has already reach 93.7% of the total, while the silver collected is 85.4% of the amount required. If this rate remains constant in the coming weeks too, the Committee estimates that it will complete the project by 31 March.

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