Tokyo Olympic Games medals to be made from recycled electronic waste

Tokyo Olympic organisers said they expect to collect enough obsolete electronic devices to reach the amount that will be required to manufacture all Olympic and Paralympic medals

Tokyo 2020 Olympic medals will be made from electronic waste

"The project has offered the public an opportunity to play an important role in the games" preparations, at the same time drawing attention to the importance of sustainability under the Tokyo 2020 slogan Be Better, Together - for the Planet and the People, ' said the committee in a statement.

The Tokyo 2020 Medal Project, which was launched in Japan in April 2017, involves the collection of obsolete digital cameras, smartphones, and laptops, that will be used for Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic medals.

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.

The target for bronze was met last June, while the organisers had more than 90% of the gold and 85% of the silver by October. Recycled metal has also been collected from local Japanese businesses and industry.

Next year's Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo are putting an emphasis on sustainability.

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

The Organising Committee said that approximately 5,000 gold, silver and bronze medals are expected to be made from e-waste, adding that metal collection will be closed on March 31.

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.

"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.

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