Recycled electronics, smartphones, and computers will be used to make medals for the 2020 Olympic Games. It takes enough metal to produce around 5,000 gold, silver and bronze medals.
The organizer has a plan to recycle electronics from appliances to collect 2,700 kilograms of bronze, 30.3 kilograms of gold and 4 100 kilograms of silver. For this, the organizers asked the citizens to donate their old electronics. The goal is all the medals for both the Olympic and the Paralympic Games to be entirely made of recycled material.
The collection will last until March 31 this year, when it will be closed. So far, sufficient materials have been collected for 93.7% of the gold medals and 85.4% of the silver. The materials for bronze medals have already been collected. So far, 28.4 kg of gold and 3 500 kilograms of silver have been recycled. It takes 30.3 kilograms of gold and 4 100 kilograms of silver. As for the design of the medals by the end of this year, we will need to see how the medals will be to be awarded at the next Summer Olympics.
Tokyo 2020 is not the first Olympic Games to use recycled material. In Rio, 30% of the medals were from recycled materials. The e-waste problem is current, in 2019 it is estimated that there are 49.8 tons of such waste.