TOKYO (AP) — Tokyo Olympics 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.
“We think this project will have great significance,” Tokyo Olympics chief executive Toshiro Muto said on Tuesday, speaking through an interpreter.
Organizers expected to build about 100 sets of podiums with recycled plastics, probably reinforced with aluminum. Muto said that metal could come from temporary housing built after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in the Fukushima region of northeastern Japan.
The discarded plastics would be collected at 2,000 retails stores across Japan. In addition, Muto said major Olympic sponsor Procter & Gamble might contribute some marine plastic for recycling.