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Eine holländische Firma recycelt Metallware aus Krematorien, Schwermetalle landen in Autos und Flugzeugen, Blech wird zu Straßenschildern und -laternen, die Einkünfte werden Charitys gespendet.
Metal body parts from the dead are being recycled into road signs, lamp posts, car parts and aircraft engines. Steel hips, plates and screws from legs and skulls are collected after cremation and sent off for recycling. Even metal plates from false teeth and tiny fragments from fillings can be recovered and re-used, together with metal fittings on coffins. High value metals which survive the 1000-degree cremation are then sold for use in the automobile and aeronautical industries. They include cobalt and titanium, found in some implants and dental work, with cobalt used in aircraft engines.
But other less valuable metals are smelted down and sold for more general use – including road signs, motorway barriers and lamp posts. The metal salvaged from cremations is put in large wheelie bins at the crematoriums and collected by contractors who take it to specialist plants for recycling. Items such as steel hips, metal plates from legs and skulls and screws fitted to various body parts are collected after cremations and then sent off for recycling, Money made is donated to charity and almost £1million has been raised for good causes since the project began in Britain in 2004.