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Tokyo 2020 Olympic podiums to be made from recycled plastic

Date : 12 Jun 2019

Tokyo, Japan, June 12, 2019: Medallists at next year’s Summer Olympics will stand on podiums made from recycled plastic waste collected from households or the ocean, Tokyo 2020 organisers said on Tuesday.

From Thursday, June 13, collections boxes will be set up at more than 2,000 outlets of local supermarket chain AEON for residents to deposit any unwanted plastic items for the podium project, organisers said.

They are looking to collect as much as 45 tonnes of plastic to make the approximately 100 podiums needed for next summer’s showpiece. It would be the first time Olympic podiums were made from recycled material.

Organisers have sought to frame the Games as environmentally friendly and a mechanism to bring about sustainable change in Japan.

The medals for the Games are being forged from recycled metal collected from old mobile phones and other electronic devices, while the uniforms to be worn by runners in the torch relay will be partially made from recycled plastic bottles.

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