£1,000s raised thanks to re­cy­cling project

Macclesfield Express - - CHARITY ROUND-UP -

A PROJECT which re­cy­cles me­tal col­lected af­ter a per­son is cre­mated has raised thou­sands of pounds for char­ity.

Mac­cles­field Cre­ma­to­rium is part of the Re­cy­cling of Met­als scheme which re­cov­ers and re-uses me­tal from hips, plates and screws from legs and skulls.

The met­als which sur­vive the 1000-de­gree cre­ma­tion are then sold for use in the au­to­mo­bile and aero­nau­ti­cal in­dus­tries. Over the last year money raised from the sale of me­tal col­lected from Mac­cles­field and Crewe cre­ma­to­ri­ums means £4,321 is to be do­nated to Macmil­lan Can­cer Sup­port.

Coun Les­ley Smetham, deputy chair­man of Or­bitas, Be­reave­ment Ser­vices, the Cheshire East Coun­cil-owned com­pany which runs the ceme­ter­ies, said: “Our cre­ma­to­ria in Mac­cles­field and Crewe have been re­cy­cling met­als since early 2008. In the past, me­tal was re­moved from the cre­mated re­mains and buried within the grounds of the cre­ma­to­rium as the be­reaved had never ex­pressed any de­sire for it to be re­turned to them.

“Re­cy­cling ben­e­fits the en­vi­ron­ment and 80 per cent of the pro­ceeds goes to be­reave­ment re­lated char­i­ties in­clud­ing Macmil­lan Can­cer Sup­port; lo­cal hos­pices and the Heart Foundation.

“Staff at Or­bitas al­ways ask per­mis­sion of the fam­ily be­fore any me­tal is re­cy­cled and we are al­ways happy to dis­cuss this is­sue and an­swer any ques­tions that fam­i­lies might have.”

The na­tion­wide scheme, which is gov­erned by the In­sti­tute of Ceme­tery and Cre­ma­to­rium Man­age­ment, was first launched in 2005.

Since then it has raised more than £1m for char­ity.

The sal­vaged me­tal from cre­ma­tions is put in large wheelie bins and col­lected by con­trac­tors who take it to spe­cial­ist plants for re­cy­cling.

Met­als col­lected in­clude cobalt and ti­ta­nium, found in some im­plants and den­tal work. Cobalt is used in air­craft en­gines.

Less valu­able met­als are smelted down and sold for more gen­eral use - in­clud­ing road signs, mo­tor­way bar­ri­ers and lamp posts.

Coun Penny But­ter­ill, di­rec­tor of Or­bitas, added: “It’s good to know that some­thing ben­e­fi­cial can come out of what is a very hard time for be­reaved fam­i­lies. I hope they are able to take com­fort in the scheme and that their con­sent has added to the do­na­tion, which will help greatly to­wards pro­vid­ing can­cer care in the area.”

●● Mary Slinn, chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer, Coun Penny But­ter­ill, di­rec­tor, Carl Fisher, Macmil­lan, Cllr Les­ley Smetham, deputy chair­man, and Chris­tine Heath­cote, be­reave­ment of­fi­cer

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