The medals at the Vancouver Winter Olympics in 2010 will be made from recycled electronics. Vancouver company Teck Resources has joined forces with the Royal Canadian Mint to transform trash into medals for the athletes - by recycling old computer parts.
Electronic components will be shredded, separated and heated and then the byproducts will be combined with metals from other sources. The recycled metal that is blended with the byproducts is obtained from Teck’s operations in Royal Canadian Mint including places like British Columbia, Ontario, Newfoundland, Labrador, Alaska, Chile and Peru.
The 2010 Olympics medals are based on two artworks of an orca whale and raven by Corrine Hunt and will be the heaviest in the history of the Games.
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