And it's announced that the project is on target to meet its collection and reuse goal by March 2019.
"The project entails precious metals such as gold, silver and bronze being salvaged from discarded mobile phones and other small electronic devices, and recycled for the production of medals to be awarded to athletes at the Tokyo 2020 Games", the organizers said.
"It is estimated that the remaining amounts of metal required to manufacture all Olympic and Paralympic medals can be extracted from the devices already donated", the organisers said.
Tokyo Olympic organizers say they expect to collect enough obsolete electronic devices by the end of March to reach the amount that will be required to manufacture all Olympic and Paralympic medals.
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Collection centers were set up across 1,594 municipalities, where around 47,488 tons of discarded gadgetry were dumped as of November a year ago.
Making up those tons of waste is an astounding five million old smartphones, all of which were voluntarily recycled by Japanese citizens at NTT Docomo stores.
The committee met its target of 2,700kg of bronze in June 2018, while nearly 94 percent of the 30.3kg gold target and over 85 percent of the 4,100kg silver target was met in October. In October, 28.4 kilograms of gold (93.7 percent of the targeted 30.3 kilograms goal) and 3,500 kilograms of silver (85.4 percent of the targeted 4,100 kilograms goal) were sourced from recycled electronics.
Later this year, after the recycling program concludes, the Olympic committee will reveal the design of the 2020 medals.
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