2010 Olympic Medals Are Made of Recycled Electronic Waste

An article on ENS reported: “The medals that will honor winning athletes at the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver will be the first in history to contain gold, silver and copper recovered from end-of-life electronics otherwise destined for the landfill.” Cool.

Teck Resources in Vancouver supplied more than a 1000 medals for our future Olympians. Of course the medals aren’t 100% recycled material but it is a first. The article went on to say: “The recovered gold, silver and copper used in the medals came from 6.8 metric tonnes of electronics circuit boards collected and processed at Teck’s Trail, BC facility and the Umicore facilities in Belgium.”

The whole process of producing the unique 2010 Olympic medals is pretty interesting and in keeping “with the sustainability philosophy of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.”

Read about the gold, silver, and bronze: http://www.ens-newswire.com/ens/feb2010/2010-02-11-01.html.