Tokyo 2020 Medal Project: Towards an Innovative Future for All
The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee) is conducting the Tokyo 2020 Medal Project to manufacture the medals for use at Tokyo 2020 from consumer electronics such as used mobile phones.
Through this project, the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee will manufacture approximately 5,000 gold, silver and bronze medals for the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
We have closed the collection of small electronic devices for the Tokyo 2020 Medal Project at the end of Sunday 31 March 2019. The medal design will be announced in the summer of 2019.
We're aiming for 100% recycled content, a first for the Olympics and Paralympics!
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. The idea of using recycled metals in medals has been used in the past. However, this project makes Tokyo 2020 a first in the history of the Olympics and Paralympics by involving citizens in the collection of consumer electronics for the purpose of manufacturing medals, and manufacturing medals from the extracted gold.
The Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee is actively working with project participants, NTT DOCOMO, the Japan Environmental Sanitation Center, the Ministry of the Environment and the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, to realise a sustainable society and secure the Olympics and Paralympics legacy.
Project Progress Updates
We are pleased to introduce an update on the collection of used mobile phones and small electronic devices, and a number of other project-related initiatives.