Do Olympic 2020 medals are made from recycling e-waste

Have you ever thought that medals can be made from recycling e-waste? This has been done in the Tokyo Olympics 2020 with proper management. The Olympics is the most influential and exciting sports community. Tokyo hosts this wonderful event that includes a number of athletes competing in various sports.

This year’s Olympics is full of wonderful performances along with proper recycling. E-waste management projectbecomes a big success.

In the Tokyo Olympic 2020, winners are not the only ones capturing the podium, medals are also capturing. This year, medals given to every winner are designed from recycled electronic waste materials.

However, this is not the first time that medals are designed with recycled material, in the 2016 Rio Olympics also, silver and bronze medals were designed from recycled materials. But, why is there a need to make medals from recycled material? How are they made? Scroll through the article and get all the answers to these questions.

What is e-waste?

They include the waste that is not in working condition and are discarded into the garbage. E-waste is very dangerous for the environment as it contains harmful chemicals that leach from the metals and cause a serious threat to environmental protection

. The challenge of disposing of this unwanted waste is not new, but a lot of change has come to their disposal like these wastes are taken into use to make medals.

2020 Tokyo medal project

The project’s aim is to design every medal from recycled waste material. Recyclable e-waste material, like mobile phones, laptops, and many other electronic components were collected, and locals also helped in making the project successful by donating their unused e-waste.

According to data, around 78,984 tons of e-waste material were collected and then processed to make medals. Around 32 kg gold, 3500 kg silver, and 2200 kg bronze are extracted from e-waste materials.

All these are designed into medals by the process of smelting. Organizers have done a great job in lowering the carbon footprint. And the campaign took a long time to finish, remaining in action for two years.

Why medals are designed out of waste

People are using these electronic devices so much that e-waste is also increasing at an alarming rate. Only a small amount of e-waste is collected and recycled, this e-waste includes bronze, silver, and gold.

E-waste is a very dangerous problem, and it not only increases waste but also its harmful substances accumulate in landfills and deteriorates the groundwater, and ultimately causes various diseases. So, to collect this waste, the organizers came up with the unique idea of creating every medal with e-waste material and contributing a lot to e-waste management.

How medals are made from Electronic waste

These contractors destroy the electronics and then extract silver, gold, and bronze materials and use them in the medal designing process. Workers properly refine the extracted materials to remove any impurity, till pure material is achieved. It is amazing to know that around 5,000 medals are designed from this process.

Apart from the medals, ribbons of medals are also designed with eco-friendly materials. Usage of non-toxic recycled Polyester fiber is done that generates a very small amount of carbon-di-oxide.

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Even the podiums are designed in an eco-friendly manner, around 98 podiums are designed with 3D print, and to design these podiums around 1.5 million recycled plastic packagings are used. A very unique and eco-friendly idea!

Advantages of recycling e-waste

  1. The major benefit of recycling e-waste is that by inculcating this activity it is environmentally friendly. Recycling of electronic devices greatly lowers the risk of pollution and reduces energy consumption.
  2. Greatly reduces ecological imbalance. For example, if you ever buy electronic devices, they come with less packaging and along with optimal energy efficiency. Moreover, recycling e-waste paves a path for creative solutions.
  3. Recycling of e-waste creates more space in landfills, as their harmful components are separated which causes fewer risks to the environment.
  4. Another wonderful advantage of recycling e-waste is that it increases the opportunity for those people who are in urgent need of electronic gadgets.
  5. It greatly helps in saving natural resources, as many natural resources are non-renewable resources and with proper recycling, components are recovered.


Hopefully, this creative campaign has encouraged others also to adopt this to live a sustainable life.

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