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 are members of 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 August 2019, that the Recycling of Metals scheme in partnership with Orthometals, has donated in excess of £7.4 million to bereavement charities in the United Kingdom.

Mortlake Crematorium Nominated Charities have been:

2019    £8,000             Widowed and Young (WAY)

2019    £7,000             The Princess Alice Hospice

2018    £5,000             Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Charity (SANDs)

2018    £5,000             Age UK (Richmond)

2017    £5,000             The Good Grief Trust

2017    £5,000             The Royal Marsden, Cancer Charity

2016    £4,337             Prevent Dementia (West London)

2016    £4,444             Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Charity (SANDs)

2015    £4,321             Sudden Adult Death Trust (SADS)

2015    £4,487             Cardiac Risk in the Young

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

2014    £4,411             Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide (SOBS)

2013    £8,666             Meadow House Hospice, Ealing

2012    £8,485             MacMillan Nurses

2011    £8,333             Shooting Star Children’s Hospice

“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.

Mortlake Crematorium also is a Pacemaker recycling collection point.  Pacemakers cannot be cremated as they can cause an explosion.  They are removed from the person who has died before the body is brought to the crematorium, by hospital staff, coroner’s staff, an embalmer or Funeral Director’s staff.  The pacemakers are collected as part of the metals recycling scheme.

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