Medals from old gadgets!

Medals from old gadgets!

For the Tokyo 2020 the organizing committee of Olympics and Paralympics plan to make athletes’ medals made out of discarded electronics. Japan recently announced it would forge the rewards from recycled smartphones, laptops and other gadgets. Organizers had devised a plan to collect 2,700 kgs of bronze, 30.3 kgs of gold and 4,100 kg of silver, inviting citizens to donate their mobiles and other gadgets. The organizing committee has announced that it will meet its targets and succeed in making the medals using discarded tech. On March 31 2019 collecting small electronic devices closes and so far it has collected nearly 48,000 tons of e-waste including 5 million used mobile phones. After collection the devices go through a smelting process, being dismantled by contractors accredited in line with the government’s act on promotion of recycling of small waste electrical and electronic equipment. The medals will then be produced after the gold, silver and bronze elements have been extracted by the smelting contractors. The project offers a small but effective solution to the struggle with e-waste. 44.7 million Tonnes of e-waste have been generated in the world in 2016, a figure that grows between 3 and 4% yearly.In previous years to make Olympic medalsrecycled metals have been used, including in Rio where some 30 percent of the silver and bronze in medals came from recycled materials. For the Tokyo 2020 Olympics medals designs will be unveiled later this year.

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