It’s believed that all the medals at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics will be made from recycled e-waste. This would include the use of recycled smartphones, digital cameras, handheld games and laptops. The organisers of the event think they will have collected enough devices by the end of March to extract the amount of gold, silver and bronze to manufacture the medals they will require.

The target required is 30.3kg of gold, 4,100kg of silver and 2,700kg  of bronze in order to make the amount of medals needed. The amount of bronze has already been reached and 90% of the gold and 85% of the silver has also been collected.

This idea has also been used in previous Olympics but never to this extent or with citizens proactively able to donate electronic devices. The design for the medals is due to be released later this year.

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Read the full story at…https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2019/feb/08/olympics-medals-recycled-gadgets-electronic-waste