It turns out that a metal that remains after the cremation of the deceased, processed into road signs, parts for cars and aircraft engines.
Steel plates and screws used by surgeons for "repairs" of human legs and skulls, meticulously collected after cremation and sold. The money raised from the sale go to charity.
Even with metal plates and old false teeth fillings are recycled and reused. The high cost of metal that can withstand temperatures of 1000 degrees, is used in the automotive and aviation industries. Among the remaining scrap metal come across articles of cobalt and titanium. Products of these metals and their alloys are used in some dental implants and may be re-used in aircraft engines.
Other, less valuable metals used for making signs, bumpers along the highways and lampposts.
The money raised from the sale will be donated to charity. So, for example, in the UK, since 2004, a charity with the sale of "scrap metal" was donated 1 million pounds sterling.
OrthoMetals, a Dutch company engaged in processing, says that about half of British crematoria have joined the scheme, which "produces" 75 tons of metal per year. Before the dead are cremated, their relatives are asked whether they want to keep the metal parts of their loved ones. The vast majority say they are not necessary, and agree to transfer them to the recycling.
When cremation is over, any special machine separates the metal from the ashes of the deceased, after which the metal is loaded into special boxes for transportation.
In October last year, the body of a war veteran after cremation found almost a pound of shrapnel. The man, who died at the age of 94 years, carried in his foot pound of metal for almost 70 years.