Tokyo collecting e-waste to make Olympic medals

TOKYO: Tokyo’s city government started collecting electronic waste on Thursday to help produce the gold, silver and bronze medals needed for the country’s hosting of the 2020 Olympics.
Tokyo authorities are accepting nine types of small digital devices, including smartphones, digital cameras and portable music players, in an effort to recover the eight tonnes of precious metals required to manufacture the 5,000 medals.
The 2020 organising committee said millions of mobile phones are required to achieve the target and they are calling on the Japanese public to donate “discarded or obsolete electronic devices” for the purpose.
— dpa