The Tokyo Olympics aims to become the most environmentally friendly and sustainable Games so far. One part of this is making the Olympic medals solely from recycled metals.
The project has attracted donations and support from 1,300 educational institutions and 2,100 electronics retail stores across Japan.
With over 90 percent of Japan’s local authorities participating, a total of 78,985 tons of discarded devices were collected. This haul included approximately 6.21 million used mobile phones, laptops, digital cameras, and handheld games. These were all classified, dismantled, and melted down by contractors.
The goals of reaching 30.3kg of gold, 4,100kg of silver, and 2,700kg were reached by the time the collection cycle closed on 31 March 2019.