According to the Scotsman, metal surgical pins and joints found in the ashes of cremated bodies are to be recycled under a new scheme in North Somerset, England. The council has introduced a plan to recycle the metal pins, plates and artificial joints. Soft and precious metals in jewellery melt during the cremation process and form part of the ashes so they cannot be recovered or recycled.A council spokesman said: "Crematorium staff will seek the consent of the bereaved to sensitively recycle the metals rather than dispose of them. The metals can be returned to the family if they wish."
The metals will be recycled in an environmentally friendly manner, according the council spokesman, and the scheme will have no cost to the council and no commercial gain will be made. [by Justin Thomas]