Earlier, we talked about Japan's teaser for the 2020 Summer Games in Tokyo. The nation is planning on leaning heavily on technology and pop-culture icons that have become household names. However, they also plan to continue one of the biggest messages of the games in Rio - sustainability. While Rio talked about the results of deforestation and global warming, Tokyo will be talking about something else - electronic waste.
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According to reports from Nikkei, the organizers of the games are seriously considering using recycled electronics to make the gold, silver, and bronze medals of the games. It makes sense and won't take away from the value of the medals because only a small percentage of the materials used are actually the precious metals.
The idea is actually pretty simple. Instead of asking the mining corporation to donate the metals, which is what they typically do, the organizers can source enough silver, gold, and copper from Japan's "urban mine." Collecting enough materials might be a problem because many of the electronics are used to make even more electronics. Still, Japan hopes to pull enough.
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The Olympic planning committee is also working with tech companies to pitch ideas for electronic recycling collection programs. They hope that framing electronics recycling as a way of participating in the games without having to do too much will ensure that there are enough raw materials to make the medals AND reduce electric waste at the same time.