The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games will launch its new Tokyo 2020 medal project in April this year. The project entails precious metals such as gold, silver and bronze being salvaged from discarded mobile phones and other small electronic devices, and recycled for the production of medals to be awarded to athletes at the Tokyo 2020 Games. The project also highlights Tokyo 2020's commitment to actively engage the general public and offer everyone the opportunity to play a role in the preparations for the Tokyo 2020 Games.
The aim of the project is not merely limited to producing medals to be awarded at the Tokyo 2020 Games, but also includes leaving the post-Games legacy of realising a sustainable society.
In addition, the project comprises a 'golden harmony' of three different perspectives: engagement, environment and technology. The project seeks to actively engage people across the length and breadth of Japan in the production of Games' medals; produce the medals from metals salvaged from discarded mobile phones and other electronic devices to further enhance the environmental sustainability of the Games; and showcase the leading technologies Japan possesses to produce the medals 100 per cent from recycled metals.
To promote the project, the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee is working closely with NTT DOCOMO, the Japan Environmental Sanitation Center, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government and the Ministry of the Environment.