An Olympic medal really is made from gold, but the medals for the 2020 Olympic Games will be made from recycled mobile phones. Efforts to make these games environmentally sustainable is one of the key aims of the organisers, say those involved in making Tokyo 2020 a success. Japan produces a lot of devices and various electronics, so it will come as no surprise that the Far East nation has a stockpile of discarded and recycled precious metals and mobile phones.
The organisers believe that by using these scrap metals to manufacture gold, silver and bronze medals for the athletes will be a first. It will also be the most environmentally friendly gesture ever made at an Olympic Games ceremony.
Japan has already employed a task force of 19 individuals to come up with a legacy that will make the games be remembered for all the right reasons. In fact, this proud nation wants the games to be as iconic as the one held here the last time around in 1964. In that year, Japan unveiled the bullet train – the first of its kind and a glimpse into the future of rail and transport.
That said though, hundreds of medals will be dished out at the summer Olympics and rules dictate that the circular awards must have a minimum of 3 mm thickness and should be 60 mm long. The gold medals have to be plated with at least six grams of real gold. The silver medallions should be .925 grade. So, there is an awful lot of metal used in creating the medals to cover all the events.
About 47,488 tons of e-waste has been collected, including five million mobile phones
Take the new national stadium being designed and built to host the Olympic Games in 2020. Much like the medals, one can be sure that the building will be made from recycled aluminium, wood, and glass. However, there are some stumbling blocks and issues surrounding the spiralling cost of the new stadium. But, as the event is being organised by Japan, we sure the issues will be ironed out in time.