Tokyo strikes gold with e-waste Olympic medals

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"The project has offered the public an opportunity to play an important role in the games" preparations, at the same time drawing attention to the importance of sustainability under the Tokyo 2020 slogan Be Better, Together - for the Planet and the People, ' said the committee in a statement.

A project was started in 2017 to collect enough electronic waste, including old smartphones and laptops, to implement the scheme.

Dancers perform during the "Love Sport Tokyo 2020" segment during the Closing Ceremony on Day 16 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Maracana Stadium on August 21, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The Tokyo Organising Committee said Friday that the goal of collecting over 30kg of gold has been nearly completed, with the necessary amount of precious metals expected to be gathered by the end of March.

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Next year's medals will be made in part from metal recycled from cellphones and small electronic devices. Some 2,700kg of bronze had already been extracted by June 2018 and by October there had been 28.4kg of gold and 3,500kg of silver extracted from the donations.

The committee said the designs for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic medals will be introduced in summer 2019. After collecting more than 48,000 tons of e-waste, the target for bronze has been met, while the country has 85.4 percent of the silver and 93.7 percent of the gold necessary.

On Thursday, the Tokyo Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Tokyo 2020) announced that they're expected to reach the goal for their nationwide collection of discarded devices.

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