It’s more than two years since we wrote about the plans to make the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic medals entirely from recycled gadgets.
The plan was for the Japanese public to donate old phones and other small appliances. This would help to gather 2 tonnes of precious metals needed for the 5,000 medals required.
Last week, the Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games announced that it had reached its target. In total, the donations added up to 78,985 tons of old electronic devices, including more than 6 million mobile phones.
The result of this staggering effort is that every gold, silver, and bronze Olympic and Paralympic medal awarded next year will be made entirely from recycled materials.
“We hope that our project to recycle small consumer electronics and our efforts to contribute to an environmentally friendly and sustainable society will become a legacy of the Tokyo 2020 Games,” the committee said.