Tokyo 2020 Medal Project To Reach its Recycling Goals
Over 5 million used mobile phones donated by the public
Tokyo, 8 February 2019 – The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Tokyo
2020) announced today that the nationwide collection of discarded and obsolete electronic devices—aimed at
supplying recycled precious metals for the manufacture of athletes’ medals—is expected to reach its goals and
will end on 31 March 2019.
Thanks to the huge levels of support from the public and companies across Japan
and from national and international athletes, it is estimated that the remaining amounts of metals required to
manufacture all Olympic and Paralympic medals can be extracted from the devices already donated.
The collection of discarded and obsolete electronic devices―including smartphones, digital cameras, handheld
games and laptops―was launched nationwide in April 2017. As of November 2018, about 2,400 NTT DOCOMO
stores and a total of 1,594 municipal authorities across Japan were acting as collection centres for discarded
devices. Approximately 47,488 tons of discarded devices had been collected by municipal authorities across
Japan and over 5 million used mobile phones handed in at NTT DOCOMO stores as of October 2018.
The targeted amount of bronze – some 2,700kg – was already extracted from these by June of last year. By
October 2018, 28.4kg of gold (93.7% of the targeted 30.3kg) and 3,500kg of silver (85.4% of the targeted
4,100kg) had been sourced from the donated devices.
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’. Their cooperation will help to promote sustainability in Japan, one of Tokyo
2020’s planned legacies.
The designs for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic medals will be unveiled in summer 2019.
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