The winners at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics would be wearing medals that contain gold, silver and copper recovered from e-waste, reports indicate.
According to a report in Discovery News, the metal supplier, Teck Resources, recycled household appliances, electronics and cables and recovered metals from computer parts and circuit boards through smelting.
AdvertisementThe 2010 Olympic medals are the largest and heaviest medals to date with e-waste material making up the following percentages in each one: Gold Medal - 1.52 percent recovered gold, Silver Medal 0.122 percent recovered silver, and, Bronze Medal - 1.11 percent copper.
The medals are also the first non-flat medals. They are wavy to represent the waves of the ocean and mountain snow drifts.