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Cremation recycling – what is it?

If you never heard about cremation recycling, this might sound like a weird topic to talk about. The truth is that this concept has been around for a long time, and it is important to start making it less of a tabu. 

The definition of cremation recycling is simple: after bodies are cremated, most organic components are burned and turn into ashes, but other types of materials like metallic implants are not consumed and therefore can be recovered and recycled. You might be starting to understand the importance of this recycling process. These metals, besides sometimes being quite valuable (like dental appliances containing precious metals), can also be damaging to the environment if thrown into a landfill.

Cremation numbers have been rising since the ’60s, especially in the United States. To give you an idea, the national average of cremations started with 3.56% in 1960 and has reached 54% in the past year.

There are a few trends that cause this growth, the main one being cost. Cremations’ price can be nearly 3 times lower than the cost of a traditional burial. Other factors like changes in religious doctrines (not so long ago the Catholics and other religions banned cremations) and the decline in the construct of nuclear families (families are now dissipating geographically and the idea of setting a body in a permanent physical place does not seem so practical) are also influencing this growth.

Can you get gold teeth and other precious metals implants back after a cremation?

Working in the cremation industry, you often hear the question “can I keep the gold teeth after?” and the answer is simply yes! Gold, silver, palladium, and platinum can be recovered after the cremation and anyone telling you otherwise are wrong. 

There’s a lot of misleading data on this topic, we even heard people that thought gold was consumed during cremation, which is not possible given that its melting temperature is higher than the temperature used during the process. So either because they are misinformed or intentionally keeping this info from you, you need to keep your eyes open when you are choosing a crematory.

In most cases, people don’t ask for the precious metals to be returned to the family, mostly because you are not guaranteed that the effort you’ll make to sell them will have an equal profit, and most crematories proceed to recycle these implants and send the profits to charities. 

What we believe is important is to choose a crematory that takes cremation recycling seriously and works with a respected refiner, given that it can have a big environmental impact. Core Scientific is a precious metal refinery, the leader in the country, and specializes in cremation recycling, providing superior refining techniques and assay technology and generating the highest yields.

“How do you compare to other recyclers?” is the most common question addressed by crematory owners. This is a difficult question to answer because it’s difficult to know what they’ve gone through. Recycling businesses function in a variety of ways.

Speaking on others rather than your own company’s strengths can sometimes be a slippery slope. Rather than attempting to compare ourselves to another recycler, it seems more beneficial to examine how we can assist a crematory. The crematory simply wants to know how they can extract the most value from the metal that is sent in for recycling. Cremation recycling can be broken down into two parts: 

(1) Gathering 

(2) Recycling with sufficient content reporting.

The little but valuable metals that come with dental components are typically overlooked by crematory operators. These metals are not being retrieved since they have not been informed or trained about it. When they are not separated and retrieved, the recycler’s chances of finding value are greatly reduced.

Separating processor units accomplishes this goal. After being further ground into a tiny powder, the cremated ashes pass through a fine screen that prevents anything larger than a couple of millimeters from entering the urn. Staples, screws, snaps, and small pieces of dental metal can all be found on the screen. Some operators may be reading this who are skilled at picking these parts out by hand.

It’s a good idea to keep the small dental bits in their own jar, which may be readily stored in a safe if possible. This collection is extremely precious, even in little numbers, and it is easily misplaced or lost totally. It’s not a terrible idea to check on its status once a week.

It’s time to decide where to ship your dental metal now that you’ve collected several ounces or more and are ready to recycle it. Core Scientific is a specialized refiner that works with dental scrap and post-cremation metals. They are the leader of the industry because they consistently generate the highest profit for their customers. Don’t waste any more time and contact them.

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