Waste utilization! Metal used in Tokyo Olympic medals comes from electronic waste recycling

Author:Suny Group

According to the Japan Times, the Tokyo Olympic Organizing Committee said on Wednesday that the medals used in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics came from e-waste, which has been recycled to refine the 5,000 medals required for next summer's Olympic and Paralympic Games. metal.

From April 2017 to March this year, recycling of used mobile phones and other small electronic devices has been ongoing. The local government received about 78,985 tons of donated materials. The Japanese mobile phone supplier NTT DOCOMO has collected 6.2 million mobile phones. A total of 32 kg of gold, 3,500 kg of silver and 2,200 kg of copper were obtained for the entire collection.

The organizers initially stated that they originally needed 4,100 kilograms of silver and 2,700 kilograms of copper. Some metals were available from scrap, so the actual collection was less. Silver is the most demanding because the gold medal will be made of silver in addition to the surface coating.

The 32nd Summer Olympic Games will be held in Tokyo in 2020. On September 7, 2013, Jacques Rogge announced that the host city of the 2020 Olympic Games is Tokyo. After the successful bid for Tokyo, it became the fifth city in the world after Paris (France), London (UK), Los Angeles (USA) and Athens (Greece) to host the Summer Olympics at least twice, and it was also the first in Asia.