In addition to sourcing its Olympic Games’ medals by recycling discarded smartphones and other small consumer electronics, Tokyo 2020 organizers are also now planning to use recycled aluminum for the Olympic torches used in the pre-Games relay.
The aluminum to be recycled is expected to come from temporary housing constructed in Japan’s Fukushima, a prefecture stricken by earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster in 2011. The torches are expected to consume over 10,000 pieces of aluminum as a symbolic effort to uphold ‘reconstruction Olympics’, one of the primary messages of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Back in April of this year, the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic organizing committee revealed its overall vision for the Olympic torch relay. Encompassed by the phrase, ‘Hope Lights Our Way’, organizers said the relay will strive to ‘bring the Japanese people together around messages of support, acceptance and encouragement of one another, while also reflecting the Olympic flame’s ability to promote peace and hope to the world.’
The Olympic torch relay will begin on March 26, 2020 in the Fukushima prefecture.