Tokyo 2020: Did you know the Olympics medals are made from electronic waste?

The medals of the Tokyo Olympics are made out of using recycled materials such as smartphones and laptops. The project offered a unique opportunity for the people of Japan to be a part of the Olympics.

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The athletes from different countries are competing for the podium and have the medals placed around their necks. But do you know that the medals are made using recycled materials? 

The medals of the Tokyo Olympics are made out of e-waste such as smartphones and laptops. The project offered a unique opportunity for the people of Japan to be a part of the Olympics. The project focused on the fact that billions worth of precious metals like gold and silver, which are used in electronic devices and get discarded globally. 

Japan will be the first country to have all of the Olympic medals made out of recycled material. The nation has collected recycled material since April 2017 to produce about 5,000 bronze, silver, and gold medals for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. 90% of Japanese cities, towns, and villages participated in the donation. They had pick-up sites where thousands of Japanese citizens donated their unwanted electronic devices. The campaign successfully produced 70 pounds (32 kilograms) of gold, 7,700 pounds of silver, and 4,850 pounds of bronze from 80 tons of small electrical devices such as old phones and laptops. Reportedly, the Olympic medals are designed by Junichi Kawanishi.