Tokyo 2020 Olympic medals are made from recycled electronics

80,000 tons of gadgets donated

The Tokyo 2020 organizing committee unveiled its Olympic and Paralympic medal designs Wednesday, exactly one year before the Games are set to begin. But the medals this year have a special twist — they are all completely made of recycled electronic gadgets. 

In April 2017, the organizing committee launched a two-year “Everyone’s Medal” campaign to collect donated electronic devices from the public. It received nearly 80,000 tons of gadgets total, including 6.21 million cellphones. From the donations, it extracted 32 kg of gold, 3,500 kg of silver and 2,200 kg of bronze for the approximately 5,000 medals needed.