Launched in June 2019, the Recycled Plastic Victory Ceremony Podium Project mobilised citizens to donate used household plastics for recycling, with the cooperation of major retailers and 113 schools from across Japan and the active participation of P&G Group offices and organisations. Thanks to their immense cooperation, 24.5 tonnes of used plastic, equivalent to around 400,000 bottles of laundry detergent weighing 900 grams each, were collected in approximately 9 months, allowing the campaign to reach its collection goals by March 2020.
The Tokyo 2020 Games will be the first occasion in the history of the Olympic and Paralympic Games in which members of the public have participated in the collection of used plastic to produce victory ceremony podiums.
A prime example of this commitment is the Tokyo 2020 Medal Project, in which small electronic devices such as used mobile phones were collected from members of the public throughout Japan and recycled, allowing all Olympic and Paralympic gold, silver and bronze medals to be manufactured completely from recycled metals. Tokyo 2020 also aims for a carbon-neutral Games, with 100% of the electricity used in venues to come from renewable sources.
Collection for the Recycled Plastic Victory Ceremony Podium Project was carried out in collaboration between the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee and Procter & Gamble Japan Ltd., a part of P&G Group. The design of the Tokyo 2020 Victory Ceremony Podium will be unveiled at a later date.