Tokyo Olympic Medals were made out of discarded electronic items.
Japan is famed for its innovative technology, but it also has a successful recycling program for obsolete electrical gadgets. All of the Tokyo Olympic Medals were made by Japan out of discarded electronic items i.e laptops and smartphones and were presented to the whole winning Olympians at the Tokyo games.
According to sources, this recycling initiative in Japan yielded 70 pounds, which is roughly equivalent to 32 kilograms of gold, 7,700 pounds of silver, and 4,850 pounds of bronze.
According to Hitomi Kamizawa, the spokesperson, 80 tons of small electronic devices were used, including laptops and cellphones. A two-year national effort in Japan was only successful in collecting recycled material in order to make roughly 5,000 bronze, silver, and gold medals for the Tokyo Olympics 2020.
Japanese cities, municipalities, and villages contributed up to 90% of the time to set up donation pick-up sites where inhabitants of Japan donated outdated electronic gadgets.
“We appreciate everyone’s cooperation.” This was stated to DW by Hitomi Kamizawa, a spokesman for Tokyo 2020.
People in Japan who worked on the recycling effort to make medals were also given the incredible opportunity to participate in the Olympic Games. The recycling drive, however, was not confined to the project’s crew; residents of Japan, including the general public, were also encouraged to donate old or obsolete electrical items that were no longer in use for use in the production of Olympic medals.
The latest technology was employed in Japan to recycle metals such as gold, silver, and bronze for the recycling effort, as well as the extracted metals from electronic gadgets worth billions that are abandoned internationally and similarly discarded in Japan to manufacture the medals.