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Medals For 2020 Tokyo Olympics To Be Made Of Recycled Metal

By Associated Press | Feb. 01, 2017, 10:58 a.m. (ET)

Aerial view of National Olympic Stadium which will host the opening and closing ceremony during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

TOKYO -- Organizers of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics say metal from discarded electronic devices will be used in the production of the medals that will be awarded to athletes.

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Japanese citizens are being asked to give the organizing committee unwanted devices. Organizers say the program highlights the theme of sustainability and gives the whole nation a chance to participate in the preparations for the games.

The organizing committee aims to collect as much as eight tons of metal which, after the production process, will result in two tons, an amount needed to produce 5,000 Olympic and Paralympic medals.

Collection boxes will be set up throughout the country. The collection will end when the eight-ton target is reached.