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Crematorium recycles metals for charity

Herefordshire Council’s crematorium has donated £3,472 to local charity, St Michaels Hospice.

This is the fourth donation to local charities from money raised by recycling metals left behind from cremations such as orthopaedic implants such as hip and knee replacement joints, and those used in the construction of coffins.

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 St. Michaels Hospice with this donation. Their work to provide end of life care to terminally ill patients and their families is a valuable service in our community.”

Ruth Denison, head of fundraising for St Michaels Hospice said: “We are grateful to receive this generous donation and it will be of huge benefit to our patients and their families. 90 per cent of our funding comes from the community and this comes at an important time for us as we proceed with our new building.”

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 crematorium for local charities who could benefit from some funding. 

The Hereford Crematorium has donated more than £16,000 to four charities since 2011.

Tags: Environment and waste