Tech Olympic Medals for Tokyo Games Will Be Made from Recycled

Japanese authorities plan to source the gold, silver and bronze needed by tapping the country’s “urban mine” — millions of discarded smartphones and other small consumer electronics.
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Recycled electronics will go for the gold, as organizers of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics have announced their plan to source the gold, silver and bronze needed for the games’ medals from discarded smartphones.
Tokyo 2020 organizers announced this month that all of the Olympic medals will be made from recycled materials. The agenda for Tokyo 2020 , which is described as a “strategic roadmap” for the event, specifically calls for the inclusion of sustainability in every aspect of the games. Organizers said they are also working to engage the Japanese population in the event. As such, the committee has invited the public to participate, asking citizens to donate their discarded or obsolete electronic devices.

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