In an effort to cut costs for the 2020 Olympic Games, the City of Tokyo is turning unwanted mobile phones into medals. The campaign launched this week, and the Tokyo 2020 organizing committee hopes to collect up to eight tonnes of metal from mobile phones and electronic appliances to make the needed 5,000 Olympic and Paralympic medals.
Reuters has more details:
Members of the Japanese public lined up to donate unwanted mobile phones that will be recycled into medals for the 2020 Olympic Games, as a project aimed at promoting sustainability was launched on Thursday.
The campaign kicked off at Tokyo's Metropolitan Government building where more than 100 people dropped the used handsets into a box that displayed the number of donations.