Tokyo 2020: Paralympic Medals to be made from recycled phones

By Louie Chandler

The medals at the 2020 Paralympic and Olympic games will be made from recycled mobile phones, says the director of the games.

Koji Murofushi, a former Japanese Hammer Thrower, hopes to gather two tonnes worth of old phones to make the 5,000 gold, silver and bronze medals needed.

“A project that allows the people of Japan to take part in creating the medals is really good,” Murofushi said.

“There’s a limit on the resources of our earth, so recycling these things will make us think about the environment.”

Koji Murofushi, who won hammer throw gold in 2004, now heads up Tokyo's 2020 Olympic and Paralympic games. Photo: Eugene Hoshiko
Koji Murofushi, who won hammer throw gold in 2004, now heads up Tokyo’s 2020 Olympic and Paralympic games. Photo: Eugene Hoshiko

Appliances such as mobile phones, iPods and tablets contain small amounts of precious earth metals such as platinum, palladium, gold, silver, lithium, cobalt and nickel. The process is known as E-Recycling.

Members of the public will be asked to donate any old phones they have, as will business across the country, with collection points to be set-up in offices and electrical stores.

The theme of a sustainable future is thought to be at the forefront of the planning for the games in 2020.

Medals are traditionally made from mining in the local areas around host cities, but with Japan lacking a lot of natural mineral sources is keen to implement recycling.

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