Saturday, 23 February, 2019

Tokyo Games nears collection targets for recycled-metal medals

Olympic organizers said they expect to collect enough obsolete electronic devices to manufacture all Olympic and Paralympic medals Modal Trigger Olympic organizers said they expect to collect enough obsolete electronic devices to manufacture all Olympic and Paralympic medals. AP
Theresa Hayes | 10 February, 2019, 20:30

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

But probably the most ambitious eco-friendly undertaking hails from Japan, where the organizers of the 2020 Summer Olympics started collecting old smartphones, digital cameras, laptops, and other electronic devices a couple of years back to turn them into. medals. Almost 50,000 tons of devices, including cameras, games consoles and laptops, plus more than five million smartphones, were collected for the Old Metals New Medals project across Japan over 18 months since it opened.

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.

Seven sports will receive extra funding to support their plans for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Collection centers were set up across 1,594 municipalities, where around 47,488 tons of discarded gadgetry were dumped as of November a year ago. The gold medal will be gold plated over a silver base, with 30.3 kilograms of gold, 4,100 kilograms of silver and 2,700 kilograms of copper required for production.

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.

Later this year, after the recycling program concludes, the Olympic committee will reveal the design of the 2020 medals.

"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.