Tokyo strikes gold with e-waste in Olympics

Great Britain men's foil fencer Richard Kruse

"The project has offered the public an opportunity to play an important role in the games" preparations, at the same time drawing attention to the importance of sustainability under the Tokyo 2020 slogan Be Better, Together - for the Planet and the People, ' said the committee in a statement.

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

Tokyo 2020 Olympic organizers are taking a more eco-friendly approach for Olympic and Paralympic medals: Each bronze, silver, and gold award will be made from recycled electronic gadgets.

The committee launched its appeal for unwanted smartphones, cameras, laptops, handheld games consoles and other electronics in April 2017, which was met with "huge levels of support from the public and companies across Japan and from national and worldwide athletes", it claimed.

There was "huge levels of support from the public and companies across Japan and from national and worldwide athletes", said the committee.

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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 a year ago. At that juncture, however, the project had collected just around half of the 30.3 kg of gold and 4,100 kg of silver needed.

Smartphones, cameras, laptops and other small electronic devices which reached the end of their lifetime were donated by enthusiastic Japanese residents across the country, helping to amass enough of the metal required to produce the medals for the Games.

Recycled metals have been used in previous years to make Olympic medals, including in Rio where some 30 percent of the silver and bronze in medals came from recycled materials.

The designs for the meals will be unveiled in summer 2019, ahead of the games kicking off on 24 July 2020.

"We have very clearly and very professionally divided our working between grassroots and elite sportspersons".

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