The organizers of the Summer Olympics and Paralympics in Tokyo, which will be held in 2020, collected 47.5 tons of unused electronic devices in order to make medals for the Games from the precious metals contained in them. This is reported on the website of the organizing committee of the Olympic Games.
It is noted that citizens have surrendered more than 5 million unused mobile phones, laptops, tablets and other devices.
The collection will end on March 31 of this year. For the manufacture of medals, it is necessary to extract 30.3 kg of gold, 4.1 kg of silver and 2.7 kg of bronze. As of October 2018, the organizers managed to get 28.4 kg of gold (93.7%), 3.5 kg of silver (85.4%) and 2.7 kg of bronze (100%). The collection started in April 2017.
In September, it became known that the Japanese authorities abandoned the idea of switching to summer time for the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games. This is due to the protest of some citizens, who indicated that this could lead to undesirable health effects and financial costs. Japanese authorities planned to consider moving the hands of the clock one to two hours ahead to help spectators and athletes escape the heat.
The Summer Olympics will be held in Tokyo from July 24 to August 9, 2020.