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The Toyko 2020 Olympics and Paralympic Games are ready to set off on in July next year.
The long-awaited unveiling of the new medals is here.
Next years’ Olympics has Japan’s golden, silver and bronze medals made entirely out of electronic waste – 78,985 tonnes of it. The number of mobile phones recycled to create the medals has come to 6.1 million, according to The Toyko 2020 Medal Project.
The recycling process has said to include dismantling and sorting of 158 million pounds of donated electronics.
This will extract 32 kilograms of gold, 3,500 kilograms of silver and 2,200 kilograms of bronze.
The project displays how old IT and gadgets can be put to use and be recycled for a greater good. Recycling materials for their medals is an inspiring way to improve e-waste recycling rates. Along with reducing the number of electronics that go to landfill in Japan.
“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,” Tokyo 2020 said.
Around 5,000 medals are estimated to be given out, according to Tokyo 2020.
This is a great step to an innovative future of circular electronic waste. We hope this will encourage more people worldwide to think twice before disposing of old gadgets and realise the potential in IT recycling.
We at S2S look forward to the medals being awarding in 2020.
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