Tokyo 2020 achieves precious metal collection targets

Medals project thumbnail

Games medals to be 100 per cent sustainable

Next year, Tokyo 2020 Olympic champions will be awarded the first sustainable medals ever produced in Olympic history!

The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games has reached its target of collecting precious metal to manufacture Games medals — thanks to generous support from people and communities across Japan.

Five thousand Tokyo 2020 medals are expected to be produced for next year’s Games — all manufactured from gold, silver and bronze collected and recycled from mobile phones and other small electronic devices donated by the public.

A girl donates her mobile phone in one of the collection points in Japan.
A girl donates her mobile phone in one of the collection points in Japan.

Engaging communities

The upcoming Olympic and Paralympic medals are the result of a huge community effort.

The campaign garnered an overwhelming response since its launch, with everyone from local communities to Tokyo 2020 partners supporting the nationwide collection.

The first of its kind in the Olympic and Paralympic Games, this initiative will help people across Japan and the rest of the world share in the success of the world’s top athletes.

From the sports side, athletes from Japan and abroad called for action and donated their own used devices.

A total of 1,621 local authorities — 46 prefectural governments and 1,575 municipal governments — supported the initiative, representing more than 90% of the local authorities in Japan.

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

Tokyo 2020 sustainability vision: Be better, together

As part of the Games legacy, Tokyo 2020 will continue its recycling campaign and circular economy efforts, calling on the same groups of people and organisations to support its sustainability initiatives.

The metals they recover will be re-used for community purposes, including the creation of medals for local sports events across Japan.

Tokyo 2020 is also planning to recycle household plastic waste and marine plastic waste to use in the creation of podiums for medal ceremonies. Moreover, the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay uniforms will be produced in part using recycled plastic bottles.