Spare Parts? Look no Further!

by J-Touchette

Of course, funeral homes will talk to the families of the deceased with prosthetics before deciding what to do.

The cremation rate keeps rising and so does the number of people who have metal implants and prosthetics. The funeral industry has started looking at this as a way of going green.

The idea of recycling prosthetics has been around for several years, however the funeral industry is only now starting to change on a larger scale. Most funeral homes now simply bury the prosthetics with the cremated remains, although some are looking to recycle them.

Some funeral homes may be doing this to profit, others are donating the prosthetics to raise money for charity. Alternative Solutions USE is one company that began their recycling plan several years ago, and they donate the profits to charitable organizations.

The prosthetics that are donated after cremation must be made of cobalt, chromium, titanium and stainless steel.

This sudden change of heart has come from the sharp rise in the number of hip, knee, and shoulder replacements given to people in recent years.

The only parts usually recycled are pacemakers which are sent back to the manufacturer.

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