The Mayor of Sefton’s Charity Fund has received an impressive financial boost thanks to a specialist recycling scheme Sefton Council takes part in.

Sefton, like many local authorities across the country, is part of a national scheme which recycles the metal in orthopaedic implants such as replacement hip and knee joints. Unlike gold or silver, the alloys used in orthopaedic implants survive the cremation process.

Sefton Council agreed to adopt the metals recycling scheme in 2006 and it is administered nationally by the Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management (ICCM), for cremations at Southport Crematorium and Thornton Garden of Rest. Combined together, about 3,000 cremations are carried out at these sites each year.

A specialist company, based in Holland, collects the metal, sorts it out and then smelts it which is often used to manufacture new implants with any profits from the scheme distributed to local charities.

As a result, Sefton Council has just been awarded £6,805 which will go to the Mayor of Sefton’s Charity Fund.

Mayor of Sefton, Cllr Kevin Cluskey, said: “This donation will go a long way to helping the Mayor’s Charity Fund.

“Every year thousands of pounds is collected through the Fund which helps many of the smaller charitable and voluntary groups that do not have a national profile and sometimes find fund-raising rather difficult.

“The money just received by the ICCM through this important scheme will eventually be used to assist local charities right on our doorstep.”

In Sefton there is a specific consent form dealing with the disposal of metal body implants which forms part of the paperwork that families sign when requesting a cremation.

Cllr Ian Moncur, Cabinet Member Children, Schools, Families and Leisure, added: “As there is an opportunity to recycle the metals that remain after a cremation, this will obviously benefit the environment.

“The fact that every family we have asked has given their consent for us to do this will now reap benefits for local charities right across Sefton.”

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