Arrow Artboard Created with Sketch. Artboard Created with Sketch. Title Chevron Title Chevron Icon Facebook Icon Linkedin Icon Mail Contact Path Layer Icon Mail Positive Arrow Icon Print Business Japanese companies digging for gold in urban waste Mitsubishi Materials, others investing in recycling to fend off rare metals shortage The gold, silver and bronze medals of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics are to be made from the country's urban mines -- made up of millions of discarded smartphones and other consumer electronics.
October 3, 2017 08:00 JST | Japan
Mitsubishi Materials, Dowa Holdings and others are sifting through mountains of discarded electronics and other products to recover gold, platinum, palladium and other rare metals.
Driving the recycling efforts, which have recently been increasing, is an expected shortage of the metals.
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