The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games will feature podiums made from recycled plastic waste collected from local households or the ocean. The organising committee is working with Japanese retail chain AEON and Procter & Gamble (P&G) to collect boxes of discarded plastic at over 2,000 retail outlets.
The plastics will then be forwarded to P&G, who was recently appointed as a Tokyo 2020 partner company, to manufacture podiums with the plastic and plastic waste collected from the ocean using its advanced recycle technology. Tokyo 2020 aims to collect as much as 45 tons of plastic. The collection will end when sufficient plastic has been collected to manufacture the podium. After the Games, the podium will be used as an educational material explaining and promoting the Olympic and Paralympic movements.
This project highlights Tokyo 2020’s commitment to engage the citizens in the lead up to the Games and to offer everyone an opportunity to play a role in their preparation. It will also contribute to the achievement of key UN Sustainable Development Goals, including “Responsible Consumption and Production”, “Underwater Life” and “Partnerships for the Goals”.
Tokyo 2020 established the sustainability concept of the Games as “Be better, together – for the planet and the people”, and is running numerous sustainability projects under this banner. Olympic and Paralympic medals will be manufactured from precious metals recovered from used consumer electronic appliances such as mobile phones—so-called “urban mines”—donated by people across Japan.
Another project named Operation BATON involves the construction of the Village Plaza at the Olympic Village using timber donated from regions all over the country. The timber will be returned to local authorities for re-use after the Games.