2020 Tokyo Olympic Medals Will Come From 100% Recycled Material

Photo Courtesy: The Japan Times

According to a report from the BBC, the medals for the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo will be made from 100% recycled material.

The initiative, titled the Tokyo 2020 Medal Project, started in 2017 with the goal of collecting 30.3kg of gold, 4,100kg of silver and 2,700kg of bronze from used electronic devices such as cell phones and computers. The Tokyo Organizing Committee now says they are on track to hit those goals by March of this year.

According to the BBC report, the Tokyo 2020 Medal Project had collected 47,488 tons of discarded devices from business, industry, and the public. This will be the first time in history that the Olympic medals will come from 100% recycled material. Roughly 30% of the silver and bronze medals used for the 2016 Rio Olympics came from recycled materials.

The organizing committee plans to release the designs of the medals later this year.

The BBC contributed to this report. 


  1. Shawn Nowak

    Recycled Gold??? or are they plastic now?

    • Damián Alfredo Garis

      Shawn Nowak they took in hundreds of thousands of pieces of electronics and recycled the gold, silver and copper from each one

    • Shawn Nowak

      Damián Alfredo Garis That was more of an attempt at humor 95% of all gold now is recycled not much gold left in the world to be pure mined gold. Comes from many different industries and then refined down and turned into the next use for it.

  2. Scott Poorman

    And ten pounds of dolphin meat..

  3. Rich Davis

    How much gold in a gold medal these days? The last sold gold medals was in 1936.