Medals for the 2020 Olympics will be made from recycled electronic devices, the Tokyo Organising Committee has announced. "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.
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.
There was "huge levels of support from the public and companies across Japan and from national and global athletes", said the committee.
In order to achieve this goal, Japan had to set targets for the amounts of each metal that it needed to collect: 5,950 pounds of bronze, 9,000 pounds of silver, and 67 pounds of gold.
Tokyo 2020 will release the designs of its medals later this year. Recycled metal has also been collected from local Japanese businesses and industry.
Approximately 47,488 tons of discarded devices had been collected by municipal authorities and more than five million used mobile phones handed in at NTT DOCOMO stores as of October 2018.
All Olympic and Paralympic medals can be made from devices already donated, the committee is estimating, with nationwide collection scheduled to stop on 31 March.
Inside most smartphones, there are precious metal materials, including gold, silver, and bronze.
"We have very clearly and very professionally divided our working between grassroots and elite sportspersons".