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Crematorium recycles metals for charity

Herefordshire Council’s crematorium has donated £4,333 to a local charity, the South Hereford branch of Marie Curie Cancer Care.

The money has been raised by recycling metals left behind from cremations such as orthopaedic implants of hip and knee replacement joints, and those used in the construction of coffins.

Hereford Crematorium is part of a national recycling scheme run by the Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management. Left over metals are gathered from participating crematoriums, sorted and smelted in Sheffield then sent to companies that manufacture new orthopaedic implants.  Nominations are then made by the crematorium for local charities who could benefit from some funding. 

John Gibbon, Herefordshire Council’s bereavement services manager, said: “We only recycle metals resulting from cremation after receiving written consent from each bereaved family. This metal used to be buried in the grounds of the crematorium until the Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management (ICCM) set up this recycling scheme.

“We are delighted to be able to support Marie Curie Cancer Care. Their nurses provide care to terminally ill patients in their own homes or in their hospices, and offer support to their families.”

The Hereford Crematorium has donated more than £12,800 to three charities since 2011.