The Asian Age - - Fifth Estate - AGE COR­RE­SPON­DENT

Deal­ing with e- waste is one of the ma­jor is­sues to­day’s world is fac­ing. And it has been re­main­ing un­solved for many years. How­ever, Tokyo’s or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee for the 2020 Olympic and Par­a­lympic Games has come up with an idea that would con­trib­ute much to­wards e- waste man­age­ment. The com­mit­tee says that it plans to make ath­letes’ medals out of dis­carded elec­tronic equip­ment. It adds that the idea re­ceived huge sup­port from the pub­lic, com­pa­nies across Ja­pan and from na­tional and in­ter­na­tional ath­letes, re­sult­ing in the mu­nic­i­pal au­thor­i­ties col­lect­ing about 47,488 tons of e- waste. The items com­prise more than five mil­lion dis­used phones that were col­lected from the sta­tions set up in post of­fices and other pub­lic build­ings. The com­mit­tee’s tar­get of 2,700kg of bronze was met last June, while 93.7 per cent of the 30.3kg gold tar­get and 85.4 per cent of the 4,100kg sil­ver tar­get had been ex­tracted by Oc­to­ber.

The tar­geted amounts of gold and sil­ver haven’t quite been re­cov­ered just yet, but based on the num­ber of de­vices that have al­ready been col­lected, the com­mit­tee says there will be enough ma­te­rial to reach the goal.

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