The Tokyo 2020 organizing committee announces the recycled metal needed to produce next summer's 5,000 Olympic and Paralympic medals has been collected. Photo: KYODO
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Recycling project for 2020 Games medals achieves goal

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The recycled metal needed to produce next summer's 5,000 Olympic and Paralympic medals has been collected and refined, the Tokyo Games organizing committee said Wednesday.

The collection campaign for obsolete mobile phones and other small electronic devices ran from April 2017 through this past March. Local government offices received roughly 78,985 tons of donated goods.

Stores of mobile phone provider NTT Docomo Inc. collected 6.2 million mobile phones.

The whole collection process generated 32 kilograms of gold, 3,500 kg of silver and 2,200 kg of copper.

Organizers originally said they needed 4,100 kg of silver and 2,700 kg of copper, some metal was available from scrap so less was actually collected. Silver was most in demand because the gold medals will be made of silver except for their surface areas.

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So don't bite those gold medals too hard or you're going to scrape off the electroplate

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Silver was most in demand because the gold medals will be made of silver except for their surface areas.

Didn't know this. So actually the winner is 20% 1st and 80% 2nd place.

Also, what is Mori still doing there, he really needs to retire.

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This picture is so typical of Japanese bureaucrat. Old men that probably doesn't know how to rotate an PDF file.

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Today watched a NHK World program on Bali where one company there are manufacturing plastic style bags from cassava starch which dissolve in water/ocean. Not good for holding liquid but better than the actual plastic carry away bags. The company have started to export them.

https://southeastasiaglobe.com/indonesia-cassava-starch-bag/

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Wow, making medals out of recycled material. That would totally be a trailblazing environmental gesture if this was 1992.

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Would have preferred to have a photo of the real people who were successful given their due, not Mori

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The nine men who have saved the planet. Amazing! Right now, they are still using their superpowers to convert the remaining 79,979 tons of donated materials into something useful. Ganbare, are you around to continue? I'm getting too emotional and have to lie down.

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Look at these spring chickens, just bursting with energy!

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