Olympic Medals Supplied by Teck Resources

Teck Resources uses some obsolete scrap to make medals for the winter event.

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February 11, 2010

Teck Resources Ltd., a diversified mining company based in Vancouver, B.C., will be using some recycled electronic scrap to make the medals awarded during the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics as well as the Paralympics Winter Games. The company is the exclusive supplier of the metals used for all the medals awarded at the 2010 Winter Games.

The company notes that this year will mark the first time that medals awarded will contain metal recovered from electronic scrap.

The company will provide 2.05 kilograms of gold, 1,950 kg of silver and 903 kg of copper sourced from its operations around the world to make the awards.

For the gold, silver and bronze medals, the company will incorporate varying amounts of precious metals extracted from obsolete electronics. The gold, silver and copper used in the medals was recovered and processed at Trail and the Umicore facilities in Belgium which was then combined with the metal from other sources for the medal production.

The content of recovered metal from the e-waste material in the specific metals is: gold: 1.52 percent; silver: 0.122 percent; copper: 1.11 percent.