The Olympic Games are held every four years, the subsequent game will be the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Since 1964, this is the second time Tokyo hosts the games – 56 years apart – major changes in operational environment and commercialization within this period.

The organizing committee has come up with new idea of collecting used electronic appliances from the public and recycling the metal components to medals. Historically there was such attempt, but involvement from the public is the first and foremost.

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Recycling will be held domestically in Japan through public contributions. Involvement of foreign tourists is always welcome.

What can be recycled? Where to send them?

This recycling programme accepts a large variety of products ranging from mobile phones and cameras to sewing and massage machines. Those which are portable and brought by overseas tourists will become part of them.

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Mobile phones and tablets could be sent to the docomo Shop  across Japan. NTT docomo is the largest mobile service provider and can be located throughout the country from Hokkaido to Okinawa.

When mentioned about mobile phones, it not only refers to smartphone, but also the conventional mobile phones, are all accepted at docomo Shop.

However, the collection at docomo Shop is limited to mobile phones and tablets. For other items such as digital cameras and MP3s, would need to be sent to the government appointed collection points (collection points in major cities and type of items accepted can be found below).

You can drop the items directly into the deposit box at designated locations.

Collection points in major cities

Sapporo

Sapporo City Hall (city government office)
Address: Kita 1, Nishi 2, Chuo-ku, Sapporo-shi (collection box located on the first floor, south side of the foyer)

Hours: 0845 – 1715 (except weekends and public holidays)
Accepted items: mobile phones, tablets and computers (not exceeding 30cm x 30cm)

Tokyo

Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building
Address: 2-8-1. Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo (collection box located on the second floor of the first main building, beside the elevator of the observatory)

Hours: 0930 – 1815 (Mondays to Sundays)
Accepted items: mobile phones, digital cameras, camcorders, portable game consoles, electronic dictionaries, MP3s and so forth

In addition, there are 12 collection points at various Toei Subway stations (Gotanda, Shimbashi, Nihombashi, Asakusabashi, Jimbocho, Sugamo, Takashimadaira, Shinjuku, Ojima, Ichinoe, Motoyawata and Nerima), beside the manual ticket counters. Only mobile phones are accepted (hours: 0800 – 2000)

Nagoya

Naka-ku district government office
Address: 4-1-8, Sakae, Naka-ku, Nagoya (collection box located on the second floor)

Hours: 0845 – 1715 (except weekends and public holidays)
Accepted items: mobile phones, computers (laptops and desktops, including monitors), cameras, portable game consoles, electronic dictionaries and so forth (not exceeding 15cm x 40cm x 25cm)

Osaka

Osaka City Hall (city government office)
Address: 1-3-20, Nakanoshima, Kita-ku, Osaka

Hours: 0900 – 1730 (except weekends and public holidays)
Accepted items: mobile phones, tablets, computers, digital cameras, portable game consoles, electronic dictionaries, MP3s and so forth (not exceeding 15cm x 30cm)

Fukuoka

Fukuoka City Subway Hakata Station (in the station yard)
Address: 1-1, Hakataeki Chuogai, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka

Hours (metro operating hours): 0530 – 0010
Accepted items: mobile phones, tablets, computers, digital cameras, portable game consoles, electronic dictionaries, MP3s and so forth (not exceeding 8.5cm x 25cm)

Information of other collection points is available here: Japan Environmental Sanitation Center (Japanese only)

Points to take note before depositing into the collection box

To ensure the safety of the collection points and recycled items, any items with removable batteries shall be removed in advance. Also, due to personal data privacy, all data within the devices shall be deleted.

When will the collection programme end?

No timeline defined to-date, until the demand of medal production has been fulfilled (approximately 5,000 medalists expected in the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games).

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