The Tokyo Games could showcase the first-ever gold, silver and bronze awards made from discarded phones and computers

People got really excited upon hearing the news that the 2020 Olympics will be held in Tokyo, Japan. What’s even more exciting is hearing about how the country plans to make the gold, silver and bronze medals from recycled e-waste.

It’s no surprise that Japan is a gold mine for electronic devices, which also means that the country gets more e-waste than other countries out there. Organizers of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics are planning to comb through wasted materials from discarded smartphones and other consumer electronics to produce a more sustainable medal. Usually, countries have to ask mining companies to donate precious metals. However, this time around, the challenge is how Japan will implement a system to collect e-waste efficiently as they do not have an effective system in place yet. Nonetheless, Japan has enough time to forego the plan. After all, it’s still four years away.

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