Medals for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympic games will utilise precious metals from old electronics it has been announced.
By taking in old devices such as mobile phones, digital cameras and laptops, the aim is to collect 30kg of gold, 4,100kg of silver and 2,700kg of bronze. These efforts started in 2017 and Tokyo organisers have praised both the public and companies for their assistance.
Organisers are already close to these targets, holding 93.7% and 85.4% of the required gold and silver, with 100% of the bronze total achieved back in June 2018.
An Olympic representative said “It is estimated that the remaining amounts of metal required to manufacture all Olympic and Paralympic medals can be extracted from the devices already donated”.