E-Waste May be Used in 2020 Olympic Medals
As we all know, Tokyo will host the 2020 Olympic Games. It is said that the gold medals awarded there may be made from recycled electronic waste.
Though recouping resources from electronics isn't a new concept, cause companies around the world are beginning to pay more attention to the value of materials thrown away as e-waste, Japan may be taking e-waste recycling to the global stage if the gold medals in 2020 Olympic Games are really sourced from electronics.
So far, the electronics industry produces up to 42 million tons of waste annually, which is becoming a problem with precious metals such as gold and palladium becoming increasingly rare and expensive. It is also believed that up to 90% of the world’s electronics waste (worth $19 billion), is dumped and traded illegally. This dumping of e-waste has cost $52 billion to the global economy.
However, the process of extracting gold from electronics may have a negative effect, because to recycle gold from electronics usually requires toxic chemicals such as mercury and cyanide. Japan's plans to use metals recovered from e-waste is not set in stone—but it is truly a golden idea.