Wednesday, 20 February, 2019

Your old smartphone could be made into a 2020 Olympic medal

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
Cary Marshall | 10 February, 2019, 20:29

The Tokyo Olympics committee, according to a report by Engadget, has revealed that it will "forge its 2020 Olympics medals from recycled smartphones, laptops and other gadgets".

This means that all of the 2020 Olympic medals will potentially have iPhone and Android parts in them.

The recycled metal has been collected from the Japanese public as well as businesses and industry.

The Tokyo Organising Committee said Friday that the goal of collecting over 30kg of gold has been nearly completed, with the necessary amount of precious metals expected to be gathered by the end of March. After collecting more than 48,000 tons of e-waste, the target for bronze has been met, while the country has 85.4 percent of the silver and 93.7 percent of the gold necessary.

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Collection centers were set up across 1,594 municipalities, where around 47,488 tons of discarded gadgetry were dumped as of November previous year.

All Olympic and Paralympic medals can be made from devices already donated, the committee is estimating, with nationwide collection scheduled to stop on 31 March. For instance, the committee collected 2,700 kg of bronze, 28.4 kg of gold and 4,100 kg of silver required for the medals from the e-waste. At the Rio Olympics in 2016, recycled metals were used for medals but for less than 30 per cent of gold and silver.

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

Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore has promised "surgical" precision in distribution of funds to athletes preparing for the 2020 Olympic Games, asserting that centralisation of the process has made bureaucratic hurdles a thing of past.

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