The oganisers of the upcoming Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympic Games have announced that they are going to accomplish their earlier announced project to manufacture all medals using scrapped electronic waste by the end of this March.
In a press statement, the officials said that they are expecting to assimilate more scrapped electronic devices by the end of March to extract as much as possible expensive metals like gold, silver and bronze required to manufacture all medals for the global major event.
The Organising committee informed that till November last year undertaking Municipal Authorities has already collected 47,488 tons of scrapped e-waste and it was roughly after 19 months of starting of the project with an aim to collect around 30.3 Kgs of gold, 4100 kg of silver and 2700 kg of bronze.
The official further informed,” the goal set for bronze has already been achieve while in matters of Gold and silver we have collected around 90% and 85% of the set target.
The Goal for bronze was reached in June, while more than 90% of the Gold and 85% of the silver have been collected, officials said. They further clarified that the remaining amounts of metal required to manufacture all Olympic medals for the Olympics and Paralympics can be extracted from the devices already donated.
The concept of using recyclable e-waste has been implemented in earlier Olympics; the most recent was at Rio 2016, where an estimated 30% of the silver and Bronze metals extracted from recycled materials. However, the current project initiated by the organiser of 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympic Games witness first time ever citizens taking part actively by donating consumer electronics.