Recycled smartphones to be used for Tokyo 2020 Olympic medals

All medals for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic games will be made from discarded smartphones and other electronic devices. The devices will be stripped down and processed to source around two tonnes of gold, silver, and bronze, needed for the 5000 medals, the BBC reported.

The Japanese government and the organizers of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics have asked the entire Japanese nation to join the initiative by giving away old, unused devices. The Olympic committee is looking to source around eight tonnes of metal in total, which will amount to roughly two tonnes when processed.

The project also aims to promote sustainability, unity, and green thinking. Starting in April, special containers for discarding old devices will be installed in offices and stores all around Japan.

"A project that allows the people of Japan to take part in creating the medals is really good," said Tokyo 2020 sports director Koji Murofushi in an interview with the BBC.

The initiative was met with positive reactions from many athletes, including US decathlete and two-time Olympic gold medalist Ashton Eaton.

“An Olympic medal is one of the most coveted items in existence. People spend decades, often agonizing ones, working to obtain one. The life stories of so many are defined by the pursuit of these metal medallions, and those same stories are what inspire and bring millions of us together,” said Eaton in support of the campaign. “And now, thanks to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Medal Project not only do the athletes inspire with their stories, but each medal itself has a story of its own! The best part is that each citizen has a chance to contribute to the story, to raise awareness about a sustainable future and to make a unique contribution. And, most excitingly, they have a chance to be part of the Olympic journey.”

The resources for making Olympic medals have been traditionally obtained from mining firms, the BBC notes. The Tokyo 2020 recycling campaign is a smart move on part of the Japanese authorities and Olympic committee that manages to both work around Japan's lack of mineral resources and promotes the ideas of sustainability, eco-friendliness, and a cleaner future.

source: Tokyo2020 via BBC



1. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

That's a great use for old smartphones. Good for you Japan!!!

2. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Note 7?

5. chocowii

Posts: 478; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

I believe returned Note 7s are dumped in Techie's basement.

3. DavMor0069

Posts: 266; Member since: Dec 09, 2015

Well,Samsung is one mojor sponsor from the Olympics.. no hate intended .

4. Hallyu

Posts: 790; Member since: Jul 21, 2015

Poor Japan, their economy is crashing no wonder why. Serve them right.

6. chocowii

Posts: 478; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

Yes, Japan with the 3rd GDP rank while South Korea is in 11th. And in what part are they crashing?

8. kiko007

Posts: 7520; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Ignore him. He's goes full retard over Southeast Asian guess that are super old and meaningless. He had no idea where Jp's economy stands..... he's just Uber salty.

9. Hallyu

Posts: 790; Member since: Jul 21, 2015

You need some glasses. Our HDI is higher then theirs which means our way of life and living standards are better then theirs and considering our economy keep expending while theirs still show negative performance there's no doubt that we will surpass them very soon. Nice try but still fail

11. kiko007

Posts: 7520; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Quote on this subject: "Because HDI does not only go off of per-capita income. Also understand that at the higher levels of HDI you are talking about pretty small differences in quality of living. South Korea passed Japan mostly because of Education scoring this time. Japan by the way was higher on the equality scoring chart then South Korea. The area that Japan scored the worse in was Gender Equality. (Any one who has been to Japan can more or less agree with its position on the list, basically being ‘not terrible, but not good.’) Now all of that being stated… I would like to put my two cents in. The HDI rating is neat, and important to look at. But just looking at the ranking, can make you miss some things sometimes. For instance… Hong Kong is higher then Japan or South Korea… And, well… I would never actually want to live in Hong Kong as a Chinese Person. (Mind you I’m not saying its bad) But it’s not a area I would take over South Korea or Japan. (Or my home county) But again at some point. HDI index nations are more or less as nice as each other and it just comes down to what you like/want." Now....stop talking.


Posts: 1168; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

Serious hate for the Japanese, sheesh

10. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

I wonder how many phones it takes to get a once of gold.

12. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

With the Note 7 fiasco, they can prepare millions of medals.

15. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Go to your room little boy.

13. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3109; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Go green and give away your Note 7. Save the planet.

14. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

And here is dumb and dumber.

16. southernzombie

Posts: 358; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

He just loves to bring up the Note 7 every chance he gets. Makes him feel better about himself I guess.

17. tangbunna

Posts: 491; Member since: Sep 29, 2016

2 tons of gold? ok dont be surprise. each phone only bake not more than half gram of gold. so you can caculate how much waste left beside the gold in form of pollution solid and burn off to the air inform of toxic. the question is how much tons has been wasted?

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