Project Progress Updates

Since the Tokyo 2020 Medal Project was launched in April 2017, several municipal authorities and NTT DOCOMO shops across Japan have been collecting used mobile phones and other small electronic devices.

Collections are within Japan only. See the Japanese language page for details.
How to Join The Project (Japanese)

Collection Update (April – March 2018)

Amount of used mobile phones and other small electronic devices collected to March 2018.

Amount collected by municipal authorities across Japan (used small electronic devices including mobile phones) Approx. 14,636 tons
Amount collected by NTT DOCOMO shops across Japan (used mobile phones only) Approx. 3.30 million used mobile phones
Amount collected by municipal authorities across Japan (used small electronic devices including mobile phones)
Approx. 14,636 tons
Amount collected by NTT DOCOMO shops across Japan (used mobile phones only)
Approx. 3.30 million used mobile phones

From Collection to Smelting

The small electronic devices donated by people across Japan will be classified and dismantled and by contractors accredited in line with the government's Act on Promotion of Recycling of Small Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment. The medals will be produced after the gold, silver and bronze elements have been extracted by the smelting contractors.

Collection

Classification operations

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Classification operations

Dismantling

Extraction of gold

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Extraction of gold

Refining operation

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Refining operation

Pure gold!

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Pure gold!

Development in Number of Municipal Authorities Taking Part in the Project

As of March 2018, a total of 1,404 municipal authorities - over 70 per cent of municipal authorities in Japan - were taking part in the project. With the support of participating municipal authorities, we will continue to collaborate on project-related events to further maximise the effectiveness and efficiency of the Tokyo 2020 Medal Project.

At the launch of the project on April 2017, a total of 624 municipal authorities were taking part in the project. However, by March 2018, this number had risen to 1,404.

Partner Companies Participating in the Project

Tokyo 2020 partner companies have been taking part in the project in various ways including the collection of used mobile phones used in company offices. We would like to extend our sincere gratitude to all participating companies for their cooperation and support.

Date of provision to Tokyo 2020 Company name Details of project
13 Sept. 2017 JAPAN POST Co., Ltd. Collection of approx. 30,000 used company mobile phones

Initiatives to Date

Since the project was launched in April, athletes, students from partner universities and members of the public have been cooperating with the project by collecting used small electronic devices.

Collection launch event

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1 April 2017 Collection launch event

1 April 2017 Collection launch event

Collection launch event

Takuro Yamada (left), Paralympic swimmer who won a bronze medal in the men's 50-metre freestyle event at the Rio n2016 Paralympic Games, and Takeshi Matsuda, a swimmer who won medals at the Beijing 2008, London 2012 and Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee staff taking part in the collection

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11 May 2017 Collection launched in the offices of the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee

11 May 2017 Collection launched in the
offices of the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee

Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee staff taking part in the collection

Staff in the offices of the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee began collecting used small electronic devices from fellow staff members.

Swimmers place their used devices in a collection box

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19 May 2017 Japan Open 2017 (swimming)

19 May 2017 Japan Open 2017 (swimming)

Swimmers place their used devices in a collection box

From left, swimmers Abbie Wood (GBR), Benjamin Proud (GBR) who competed at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, Kosuke Hagino (JPN) medallist at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, Sakiko Shimizu (JPN) who competed at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, and Takaaki Yamazaki, Mayor of Edo Ward, Tokyo.

Participants in the Japan Wheelchair Rugby Championships

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27 May 2017 2017 Japan Wheelchair Rugby Championships

27 May 2017 2017 Japan Wheelchair
Rugby Championships

Participants in the Japan Wheelchair Rugby Championships

From left, Jeff Butler and Ernie Chun, both silver medallists in Wheelchair Rugby at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games

Judoka Ryunosuke Haga places a used device into the collection box.

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7 June 2017 Tokyo 2020 Athlete Visit

7 June 2017 Tokyo 2020 Athlete Visit

Judoka Ryunosuke Haga places a used device into the collection box.

Ryunosuke Haga, judoka and winner of a bronze medal at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

A young participant places a used device into the collection box

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17 June 2017 Japan Walk 2017

17 June 2017 Japan Walk 2017

A young participant places a used device into the collection box

Cooperation from event participants

Students who took part in the Tokyo 2020 School Festival place used devices in the collection box

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24 June 2017 Tokyo 2020 School Festival

24 June 2017 Tokyo 2020 School Festival

Students who took part in the Tokyo 2020 School Festival place used devices in the collection box

Cooperation from students who took part in the festival

A scene from a mobile phone recycling class

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5 September 2017 A mobile phone recycling class held by NTT DOCOMO for 6th grade students at the Hanesawa Elementary School, Mitaka City, Tokyo

5 September 2017 A mobile phone
recycling class held by NTT DOCOMO for 6th grade students at the Hanesawa Elementary School, Mitaka City, Tokyo

A scene from a mobile phone recycling class

To promote the Tokyo 2020 Medal Project, NTT DOCOMO is holding mobile phone recycling classes aimed at schoolchildren. The children learn about the history of the victory medals and the importance of recycling, and are encouraged to donate their used mobile phones to the project. The final results of the efforts of all those taking part in the project will be proudly displayed medalists around the necks of Olympic and Paralympic at the Tokyo 2020 Games.