According to information available on the Tokyo Olympics website, this is the first time in the history of the Olympics that the medals awarded to the winners were not made from pure gold, silver or bronze, but from recycled old electronics, such as mobile phones, laptops etc. has gone. The impressive thing is that the work for this project (Tokyo 2020 Medal Project) in the country had started from 2017.
The collection of small electronic devices for the Tokyo 2020 Medal Project closed on Sunday, March 31, 2019. The medal design was announced in the summer of 2019. Between April 2017 and March 2019, 100 percent of the metals needed to make about 5,000 gold, silver and bronze medals were extracted from small electronic devices contributed by people from across Japan. Every medal awarded to athletes during the Tokyo 2020 Games is made from recycled metals.
According to the blog, Japan’s 1,621 municipalities together collected about 78,985 tons of goods, including mobile phones and some other small electronics. In addition, NTT Docomo retail stores across Japan collected approximately 6.21 million (62.1 million) phones. About 32 kg of gold, 3,500 kg of silver and 2,200 kg of bronze were extracted from these devices. Subsequently, medals were made by melting all these metals.
These figures from the Tokyo 2020 Medal Project and this great step taken by Japan are described in the official video below.