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Making gold from garbage: Tokyo 2020 Olympic medals to contain recycled waste

Tokyo 2020 Olympic medals will be made from electronic waste Tokyo will achieve its goal of making 2020 Olympic medals from e-waste
Sandy Nunez | 10 February, 2019, 20:28

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

There was "huge levels of support from the public and companies across Japan and from national and worldwide athletes", said the committee.

Officials said they expect to collect enough obsolete electronic devices by the end of March to extract the amount of gold, silver and bronze that will be required to manufacture all the medals that will be awarded next year.

Fast-forward to its update this month, and the committee revealed that it has now hit 93.7-percent and 85.4-percent of its gold and silver targets, respectively.

The committee said the designs for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic medals will be introduced in summer 2019.

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Approximately 47,488 tons of discarded devices had been collected by municipal authorities and more than five million used mobile phones handed in at NTT DOCOMO stores as of October 2018.

Inside most smartphones, there are precious metal materials, including gold, silver, and bronze.

It managed to extract the 2,700kg of copper (used to make bronze) required for its medal haul by June 2018, and had reached 93.7 per cent of its 30.3kg gold and 85.4 per cent of its 4,100kg silver goals by October a year ago.

"We have just begun working on systems that can connect the athletes to the Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS) absolutely straight, transparent and quick", he added.