Tokyo Olympic organizers say they expect to collect enough obsolete electronic devices by the end of March to reach the amount that will be required to manufacture all Olympic and Paralympic medals. The Tokyo 2020 Olympics open in just over 500 days and all medals will be made from discarded smart phones, digital cameras, and other handheld games and laptops.
In a statement Friday, organizers said targeted amounts of bronze, silver, and gold will be extracted from the discarded devices with quotas expected to be reached by March 31.
The Medal Project first kicked off in April 2017 with several Japanese municipalities being invited to collect e-waste for the endeavour of creating medals for Olympics. As per the plan, tThat phones and other small electronics were part of devices which were to be collected locally.
As per a report by fastcompany, by October of 2018, the Medal Project had garnered massive attention in the country. Around 1,594 municipal authorities, or approximately 90% of Japan, collectively took part in gathering the collections.
The design of the Tokyo medals will be unveiled later this year.
(With inputs from AP)