Tokyo goes green as Olympic podiums to be made of recycled plastic

Jun 11, 2019
Miraitowa, a mascot for the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics, is displayed at an Olympic Corner in Tokyo.
PHOTO: AP

TOKYO — Tokyo Olympic organizers earlier announced their gold, silver, and bronze medals would be made of discarded electronic devises. Now they are going a step further.

The podiums that athletes will mount to receive their medals next year in Tokyo will be made primarily of recycled household plastics.

Tokyo organizing committee chief executive Toshiro Muto says "We think this project will have great significance."

Muto told a news conference on Tuesday that organizers expected to build about "100 sets" of podiums — the gold, silver and bronze medal platforms — with recycled plastics, probably reinforced with aluminum.

He said the discarded plastics would be collected at 2,000 retails stores across Japan.

Tokyo medals will be made from smart phones, digital cameras, and laptops.

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Miraitowa, a mascot for the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics, is displayed at an Olympic Corner in Tokyo.
PHOTO: AP
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