Tokyo 2020 Olympic medals to be made of Recycled smartphones

The Japanese has come up with very innovative Idea, the Organisers hope to gather eight tonnes of metal to create the two tonnes of gold, silver and bronze required for medals. The project hopes to promote sustainability and reduce costs.

The Japanese public also asked to donate old phones and small appliances to gather two tonnes of gold, silver and bronze for the 5,000 medals by the Japanese government. Starting in April, special containers for discarding old devices will be installed in offices and stores all around Japan.

“A project that allows the people of Japan to take part in creating the medals is really good,” said Tokyo 2020 sports director Koji Murofushi.

“There’s a limit on the resources of our earth, so recycling these things will make us think about the environment.”

The initiative was met with positive reactions from many athletes, including US decathlete and two-time Olympic gold medalist Ashton Eaton.

The resources for making Olympic medals have been traditionally obtained from mining firms while discarded consumer electronics such as smartphones and tablets contain small amounts of precious and rare earth metals, including platinum, palladium, gold, silver, lithium, cobalt and nickel. Scrap cars and home appliances also contain these rarer metals

The Tokyo 2020 recycling campaign is a smart move on part of the Japanese authorities and the Olympic committee which promotes the ideas of sustainability, eco-friendliness, and a cleaner, safer future.