Olympic medals are usually made from metals extracted from mining firms. The Asian country does not have mineral resources and, according to the BBC chain, it is looking for a sustainable solution. Create them from cell phone recycling, an environmentally friendly and economical measure for the committee.
Electronic products such as smartphones and tablets contain small amounts of precious and rare metals, including platinum, palladium, gold, silver, lithium, cobalt, and nickel. Many countries do not have a law that regulates the fate of technological waste and although this is not the case of Japan, the Orientals have chosen to continue giving new life to waste.
Some 650,000 tons are disposed of annually in Japan, but it is estimated that less than 100,000 tons are collected for recycling. Therefore, for the 2020 games, Japan will probably have to turn to other countries or companies that contribute to the collection of recycled metals for help.
For the 2020 games, 5 sports will be added to the competitions. Baseball, karate, skateboarding, Olympic climbing and surfing; so it will be necessary many hands that contribute in the realization of the medals.
In the Games that took place in Rio de Janeiro this month, a total of 5,130 medals were produced. With this initiative, Japan will be able to considerably reduce its expenses and will also contribute to the planet.
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