In line with their Recycled Plastic based Tokyo 2020 Victory Ceremony Podium Project, the Summer Games Organising Committee collected 24.5 tons of used plastic to create the podiums to be used in all Olympic and Paralympic victory ceremonies, engaging the whole Japan in the project in an historic Games first.
Tokyo 2020 Victory Ceremony Podium Project
The project, launched in June 2019, mobilised citizens to donate used household plastics for recycling, with the cooperation of major retailers and 113 schools from across Japan and the active participation of P&G Group offices and organisations, said a press release sent earlier today.
Thanks to the immense cooperation of the communities across Japan, 24.5 tonnes of used plastic, equivalent to around 400,000 bottles of laundry detergent weighing 900 grams each, were collected in approximately 9 months, allowing the campaign to reach its collection goals by March 2020.
The Corona-hit Tokyo 2020 Games are scheduled to be held during July-August 2021 and this will be the first occasion in the history of the Olympic and Paralympic Games in which members of the public have participated in the collection of used plastic to produce victory ceremony podiums.
In line with the sustainability of the games, as mentioned in agenda 2020, The Organising Committee claims to have championed sustainability as a core element of the Games with the concept ‘Be better, together’, showcasing examples of sustainable solutions both in Japan and abroad in order to work towards a more sustainable society.
Resource Management was one of the key areas of focus, with Tokyo 2020 setting a target to use recycled materials and to reuse or recycle 99% of all procured items, as claimed in the press release. This project also contributes to their commitment to facilitate broader involvement of the public in sustainability.
While this was about the Victory Ceremony podiums, the Tokyo 2020 Medal Project is yet another addition to the sustenance ideology, in which small electronic devices such as used mobile phones were collected from members of the public throughout Japan and recycled, allowing all Olympic and Paralympic gold, silver and bronze medals to be manufactured completely from recycled metals.
Tokyo 2020 also aims for a carbon-neutral Games, with 100% of the electricity used in venues to come from
renewable sources, as claimed in the press release. Collection for the Recycled Plastic Victory Ceremony Podium Project was carried out in collaboration between the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee and Procter & Gamble Japan Ltd., a part of P&G Group. The design of the Tokyo 2020 Victory Ceremony Podium will be unveiled at a later date.
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