Olympic medals at Tokyo 2020 to be made of e-waste

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Olympic medals at Tokyo 2020 to be made of e-waste

It will be the first time the Japanese capital has hosted the Games since 1964.

The Yomiuri Shimbun The Tokyo metropolitan government and Tokyo Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games announced Friday that they are on track to collect the recycled metal needed to produce all medals for the 2020 Games from the remnants of mobile phones and other small electronic devices.

A project, which kicked off in 2017, has been collecting electronic waste such as old smartphones, cameras and laptops to gather enough gold, silver and bronze metal for the Olympic medals.

Tokyo 2020 claimed this is "thanks to the huge levels of support from the public and companies across Japan and from national and worldwide athletes".

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. While the target for bronze and silver has been attained, the gold remains bit short.

The designs for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic medals are due to be unveiled later this year.

Collection centers were set up across 1,594 municipalities, where around 47,488 tons of discarded gadgetry were dumped as of November previous year. At the Rio Olympics in 2016, recycled metals were used for medals but for less than 30 per cent of gold and silver.

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.

Speaking to PTI on the sidelines of a function to felicitate medal winners of the recently-concluded 18th Asian Games in Indonesia, Rathore elaborated on the initiatives, that he feels, have put India on the path of becoming a sporting powerhouse.

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