The organizers of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics have said that all the medals for the Summer Games will be manufactured from recycled metals extracted from used phones, laptops and other electronic devices.
The project, which was launched in April 2017, was aimed at engaging the public in preparation for the Summer Games and “respecting the environment by using scrap metals in the manufacture of medals.”
“The project entails precious metals such as gold, silver and bronze being salvaged from discarded mobile phones and other small electronic devices, and recycled for the production of medals to be awarded to athletes at the Tokyo 2020 Games,” the organizers said.
Smartphones, cameras, laptops and other small electronic devices which reached the end of their lifetime were donated by enthusiastic Japanese residents across the country, helping to amass enough of the metal required to produce the medals for the Games.
The idea proposed by the Japanese Olympic Committee was based on the knowledge that e-waste contains gold and other precious metals which could be recovered and refined for medals production.
Let’s just hope the Tokyo Olympics aren’t a Waste of Time.
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