Tokyo 2020: Medals to be made from recycled waste

Tokyo 2020: Medals to be made from recycled waste

We’ve spoken about our love for Japan loads of times here on Ozzyman Reviews, and we’re gonna say it again, we fair dinkum love those pricks. They just seem to really ‘get’ what it means to be a good bloke. Have a f**ken crack at what they’re doing with their Olympic medals for 2020. Yeah, that’s bloody right; they’re making ‘em all from recycled materials. This is just another example of how legendary Japan really is. Have a f**ken squiz.

Credit: BBC

They’re calling it the Tokyo 2020 Medal Project and they’re aiming for one-hundred per cent recycled content at the Olympics and the Paralympics. Better yet, they’re not even stripping past champions of their medals. No f**ken way. They’re actually getting all the raw materials from old phones.

The Tokyo 2020 organisation says, “This project will be an exercise in citizen participation to manufacture medals with the help of people from across Japan. We will target a 100% recycling rate in the refining of gold, respecting the environment by using scrap metals in the manufacture of medals, and employing Japanese technological expertise.”

While other countries have used recycled materials in the past, this will be the first time citizens of the host country have actually participated in the collection of the consumer electronics necessary to collect the raw materials. What’s the bet this wouldn’t work in too many other countries?

Credit: Team USA/Twitter

To make it happen, they need to collect 30.3kg of gold, 4,100kg of silver and 2,700kg of bronze. Apparently, they’ll have done that by March. F**ken legends!

In total, 47,488 tonnes of discarded devices have been collected, and those bloody champions have already handed in another five million used phones.

That means they already have the raw materials on hand to complete the project. They just need to strip the old devices down.


Credit: Tokyo2020

Final thought: Honestly, the more we read about Japan, the more we f**ken love it. Sure, they’re into some ‘interesting’ things, but you just can’t fault s**t like this. F**ken good onya, Japan. You’re all top blokes and top sheilas. Good s**t.

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