Charity Donation from Cremation Recycling Scheme

Charity Donation from Cremation Recycling Scheme

Donation to Trinity Hospice from Cremation Recycling Scheme

The cheque was presented to Trinity Hospice by Cllr Graham Cain, on behalf of the Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management (ICCM).

The charitable scheme, operated by the council and the ICCM, involves the sale of recycled metal materials recovered following cremations, such as hip and knee replacements.


In the past, this metal was removed and buried in the grounds of the crematorium but this has become less acceptable on environmental grounds.

Families give their permission for the residual metals to be recycled via the nationally recognised scheme.

The metals are collected by a specialist company and taken to Sheffield for sorting and smelting. The higher-grade cobalt steel is sent to two companies that manufacture new orthopaedic implants and the remainder low-grade or ferrous metals are returned to traditional recycling.

Cllr Graham Cain, Blackpool Council’s Cabinet Secretary said: “We are delighted to be able to support Trinity Hospice with this donation of £4,336. The money is presented with thanks to bereaved families who give their permission for metal to be recycled at the crematorium.

“It’s very touching that even at a time of grief, families care about others. Many people won’t know that it’s an option to help a charity by recycling these metals but this only takes place when express permission has been obtained.

“This is the first year that we have contributed as we have previously been burying the metal in the Cemetery grounds. Each year the mayor selects a charity for which they fundraise during their year in office, and this year’s chosen charity is Trinity Hospice.”

Trinity Fundraiser Joanna Allitt said: “This very kind donation will help pay for patient care both at the hospice and out in the community.

“It’s very touching that people should think of helping the hospice in this way, and to everyone involved we extend our thanks.”

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