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Medals at 2020 Tokyo Olympics will be made from recycled phones, laptops

Medals at 2020 Tokyo Olympics will be made from recycled phones, laptops”

This means that all of the 2020 Olympic medals will potentially have iPhone and Android parts in them.

Tokyo 2020 today announced that the nationwide collection of discarded and obsolete electronic devices aimed at supplying recycled precious metals for the manufacture of athletes' medals is expected to reach its goals and will end on March 31.

Around 5,000 gold, silver and bronze medals will be made for the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo next year. As of November, about 2,400 NTT DOCOMO mobile phone operator stores and 1,594 municipal authorities across Japan were acting as collection centers for these old gadgets.

It managed to extract the 2,700kg of copper (used to make bronze) required for its medal haul by June 2018, and had reached 93.7 per cent of its 30.3kg gold and 85.4 per cent of its 4,100kg silver goals by October previous year. They hit the target for bronze last June, and by October had more than 90 percent of the gold and 85 percent of the silver.

The designs for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic medals are due to be unveiled later this year.

The recycled metal has been collected from the Japanese public as well as businesses and industry.

British Basketball is to get 75,000 pounds from UK Sport as a second wave of funding to help support preparations for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, the British governing body said on Friday.

Collection centers were set up across 1,594 municipalities, where around 47,488 tons of discarded gadgetry were dumped as of November past year.

Just 30% of gold and silver medals were made out of recycled material at the 2016 Olympics in Rio, according to BBC.



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