With the 2016 Rio Olympic Games having concluded and the Paralympic Games right around the corner, the Tokyo Olympics taking place in 2020 suddenly don’t seem that crazily far away.
Behind the scenes, Tokyo 2020 organizers’ work is already in full swing across all components of the world’s largest international competition. That includes the design, creation and sourcing of the competition’s medals.
Whereas in past Olympics, host cities typically acquire the metal resources necessary to create the gold, silver and bronze competitive medals by simply asking mining companies for donations, Tokyo 2020 organizers are taking a different approach. The group is hoping to source its Olympic Games’ medals by recycling discarded smartphones and other small consumer electronics.
The recycling idea was circulated around the table at a meeting this past June, at which the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic organizing committees, the Ministry of the Environment and the Tokyo Metropolitan Government were in attendances. Executives from mobile phone company NTT DoCoMo and precious metals company Tanaka Kikinzoku Kogyo were also at the meeting. (Nikkei)
Tokyo organizers are hoping to raise public awareness of the need for phones and other electronic waste to be properly recycled within the nation of Japan in the hopes that the medals can indeed be produced from this unique sourcing method.