Medals for 2020 Tokyo Olympics to be made from old electronics

medal 646943 960 720

Japan is looking at making medals for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics … from old electronics.

The country’s Olympic organizing committee says there’s more than enough precious metal in electronic waste as Japan throws away approximately 600,000 tonnes of electronics every year. Engadget.com reports only about 100,000 tonnes of that is currently recycled and most metals from recycled electronics go toward making new electronics.

 Using the tiny bits of gold, silver, and other precious metals found inside tech would make up for Japan’s lack of mineral resources and boost the next Olympics theme of ‘a sustainable future’.