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Nearly two tonnes of metal collected from ashes of cremated bodies in Northern Ireland as part of recycling scheme

Almost two tonnes of metal has been collected from the ashes of cremated bodies in Northern Ireland as part of a recycling scheme.

Gold, silver and palladium, which is found in dental fillings, are among the metals collected.

But the vast majority comes from jewellery and gold teeth as well as metal hips and nails from coffins which are routinely collected from Northern Ireland's only crematorium in a process that began four years ago in 2010 as reported in the Irish Times.

The materials are then shipped to the Netherlands where a company sorts the metals.

Some are then re-used in the construction of objects including road signs and aircraft engines.

Belfast City Council is responsible for Roselawn Crematorium.

More than 11,000 cremations taking place since the scheme began.

In a statement a spokeswoman for the council said: "Belfast City Council has an arrangement with Orthometals through a UK wide programme to recycle metal from cremations – operated by Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management.

“BCC does not receive any funds from this arrangement. The funds after costs are deducted are collected by ICCM and donated to charity.

“BCC acknowledges that it needs to improve processes in line with good practice and this work is ongoing.”

The aim of the scheme is to protect the environment by recycling the metals with profits going to charity.

There is no suggestion of illegal or untoward conduct by Belfast City Council.

More than £30,000 worth of metal has been collected from Belfast and donated to charity.

Source material from The Detail.

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