The Organizing Committee of Tokyo's 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games has been busy collecting old phones, cameras and other gadgets since April 2017, to smash up and recycle the precious metals into medals. "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, ' said the committee in a statement.
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Tokyo 2020 claimed this is "thanks to the huge levels of support from the public and companies across Japan and from national and global athletes".
Next year's medals will be made in part from metal recycled from cellphones and small electronic devices.
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The committee set a target to collect 30.3kg of gold, 4,100kg silver and 2,700kg of bronze from the Japanese public.
Fast-forward to its update this month, and the committee revealed that it has now hit 93.7-percent and 85.4-percent of its gold and silver targets, respectively.
By November previous year, 47,488 tonnes of discarded devices had been collected, with the public handing in another five million used phones to a local network provider. The IOC requires gold medals to contain at least six grams of gold and 92.5 percent silver, and gold medals at the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics were worth about $570 each.
The project ends on March 31st, with the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic showing its medal designs sometime in the summer.