Following a cremation of a deceased person the ashes are likely to contain metals,  such as items used in the construction of the coffin and, frequently, orthopaedic implants, such as hip and knee replacement joints. In the past these metals were removed from the ashes and buried within the grounds of the crematorium, as the bereaved had very rarely expressed any desire for them to be returned to them.


Mortlake Crematorium have joined a national recycling scheme initiated by the Institute of Cemeteries and Crematorium Management (ICCM).  The ICCM work in partnership with Orthometals a Dutch recycling company that provide this service all over Europe.  The metals are collected from each crematorium in the scheme, and any monies collected are donated to national or local bereavement Charities, such as CRUSE, Macmillan, SANDS and Cancer Research.


The Institute of Cemeteries and Crematorium Management (ICCM) announced, in October 2014, that the Recycling of Metals scheme in partnership with Orthometals, has now donated in excess of £1.5m to bereavement charities in the United Kingdom.

Mortlake Crematorium Nominated Charities have been:

2011 Shooting Star Hospice £8,333 2012 Macmillan £4,000

2013 Meadow House Hospice £8,705 2014 Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide £4,411

2014 Babies Bereavement Suite,Chelsea & Westminster Hospital £3,334

2015 CRY (Cardiac Risk in the Young) £4,487

2016 SADS UK (Sudden Adult Death Trust) £4,321

2017 CRUSE (Richmond upon Thames Bereavement Counselling Service)

“ICCM would like to thank each scheme member, but most of all the bereaved themselves, whose consent has enabled waste metal to be recycled and financial help to be provided to UK bereavement charities. Waste that would have been illegaly buried, has instead helped the lives of countless people all over the United Kingdom.”

If you do not wish the metals to be recycled then we are happy to return them to you.  Please request this, before the cremation takes place.


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