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Step Up: Tokyo Olympic podiums made of discarded plastic

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Tokyo Olympic organizers say the podiums for next year's games will be made of recycled household plastics. Tokyo organizers had earlier said their gold, silver, and bronze medals would be made of discarded electronic devises. Tokyo organizing committee chief executive Toshiro Muto says "We think this project will have great significance."

By STEPHEN WADE

AP Sports Writer

TOKYO (AP) — Tokyo Olympic organizers earlier announced their gold, silver, and bronze medals would be made of discarded electronic devises. Now they are going a step further.

The podiums that athletes will mount to receive their medals next year in Tokyo will be made primarily of recycled household plastics.

Tokyo organizing committee chief executive Toshiro Muto says "We think this project will have great significance."

Muto told a news conference on Tuesday that organizers expected to build about "100 sets" of podiums — the gold, silver and bronze medal platforms — with recycled plastics, probably reinforced with aluminum.

He said the discarded plastics would be collected at 2,000 retails stores across Japan.

Tokyo medals will be made from smart phones, digital cameras, and laptops.

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