Tokyo 2020 to recycle plastic to make podiums, team kits

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Tokyo 2020 is sending the environment message strongly. After having recycled old mobile phones and computers to collect precious metals for the Olympic Games medals next year, Tokyo Organising Committee for Olympic Games – Tokyo 2020 – has now planned to recycle waste plastic for various purposes for a successful, environment friendly Olympic Games.

Tokyo 2020 Olympics organisers have revealed that 45 tonnes of waste plastic will be recycled to make 100 podiums for the Olympic Games next year. The plastic wasted will be collected from the see and as donations from local residents.

Official kits for the Japanese athletes, who will represent the host nation at the 2020 Olympics, are also being produced from recycled material.

The organisers have tied up a local super market chain to place boxes where Tokyo residents can drop waste plastic material.

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Tokyo 2020 CEO Toshiro Muto said the plan would help push a message of sustainability, which organisers want to be a key theme of the Games next year. “By sending that message to both Japan and the rest of the world, we think this project will have great significance,” he told reporters.

The project will also use plastic waste that has been collected from the ocean during marine clean-ups.

The 2020 organisers have been keen to promote an eco-friendly message with the Games, including making all the medals from recycled electronic waste.

They Tokyo 2020 organisers had earlier also collected around 2,700 kg of bronze, 30.3 kgs of gold and 4,100 kg of silver by recycling electronic waste to produce the Games medals.

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