Tokyo Olympics: Medals to be made from recycled mobile phones donated by the public
Updated February 02, 2017 07:26:38
Organisers of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics say the medals will be forged from recycled metal from old mobile phones and appliances donated by the general public to give them a sense of direct involvement in the Games.
The move is also part of an effort to promote sustainability and save costs, after the budget for the event ballooned to more than $35 billion at one point, although organisers reduced that sum to about $21 billion late last year.
The Games organising committee hopes to gather as much as eight tonnes of metal — 40 kg of gold, 2,920 kg of silver and 2,994 kg of bronze …