2020 Olympic podiums to be made from recycled plastic

Tuesday June 11 2019

Japanese athletes present the uniform for the 2020 Olympic torchbearers during an event in Tokyo on June 1, 2019.

Japanese judo Olympic champion and Tokyo 2020 Torch Relay official ambassador Tadahiro Nomura (centre) and other athletes present the uniform for the Olympic torchbearers during a torch relay event in Tokyo on June 1, 2019. Organisers say podiums at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics will be made from plastic waste to push a message of sustainability. PHOTO | JIJI PRESS | AFP 

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Podiums at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics will be made from plastic waste donated by local residents or collected from the sea, organisers said Tuesday, as part of a sustainability push.

It will be the first time podiums have been made from recycled materials and organisers say they will need about 45 tonnes of plastic to fashion around 100 podiums for the Games.

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.

Plastic for the project will be gathered at more than 2,000 outlets of a local supermarket chain, where boxes will be set out for Tokyo residents to drop off their recyclable plastic waste.

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 solicited waste from the public as well as local Japanese industry and business, collecting 2,700 kgs of bronze, 30.3 kgs of gold and 4,100 kg of silver.

And Japanese athletes competing at the Games will also wear an official kit made in part from recycled clothes collected from across the country.