Olympics-British Basketball receives funding boost for Tokyo 2020

Tokyo’s organising committee in 2017 launched a project to collect assorted electronic waste- including old smartphones and laptops- from the public

Olympics-British Basketball receives funding boost for Tokyo 2020

In 2016, the organising committee for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics outlined plans to make their medals from recycled gadgets. "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.

A Tokyo recycling program thought it would be only natural to mine the precious metals needed to create the 2020 Olympic awards from old electronics, including smartphones (via The Verge).

The scheme planned to collect 30.3 kilograms of gold, 4,100kg of silver and 2,700kg of bronze in order to produce the medals, and on Friday it was confirmed that those targets were expected to be achieved by the end of March.

The organizers said they will announce the medal designs for the 2020 Games this summer.

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Over $3 million worth of metals have been collected from more than 5 million devices, most of which were handed in at NTT Docomo stores. "It is estimated that the remaining amounts of metal required to manufacture all Olympic and Paralympic medals can be extracted from the devices already donated", the organisers said.

By November previous year, municipal authorities had already collected 47,488 tonnes of discarded devices, with the public handing in another five million used phones to a local network provider.

"We have just begun working on systems that can connect the athletes to the Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS) absolutely straight, transparent and quick", he added.

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