Death is a fact of life. Nowhere is that more apparent than in the deathcare industry. There will always be a need for funeral homes and crematoriums, and as one of the dedicated individuals managing these establishments, you have probably noticed an increase in the number of people choosing cremation. According to CANA, the cremation rate in the United States has been increasing steadily, rising from 3.56% in 1960 to 40.62% in 2010. Projections from CANA forecast a cremation rate of 55.65% by 2025. So what exactly does this mean for you?
Well, simply put, it means that not only will the number of cremations increase, but also that you will need to dispose of those post-cremation remains in an environmentally safe and ethical manner, especially the metal implants and dental scrap. Otherwise, you risk damaging the environment … and your livelihood.
Many companies and individuals in the scrap metal industry claim to be able to lawfully recycle scrap metal from post-cremation remains, yet their process is shrouded in secrecy. You may have contacted a metal recycler who takes your metal implants, prosthetics, and dental scrap and gives you a small check in exchange. It seems like a simple enough process, right? Wrong!
Some of the elements recovered from post-cremation remains are heavy metals and require specialized disposal. They can’t be simply buried or sent to a landfill. Even if someone other than yourself disposes of these waste materials improperly, you, as the producer of said waste, are considered legally responsible. Basically, working with an unscrupulous metal recycler places you, your business, and even your very livelihood at stake!
You need a company, familiar with the deathcare industry, with both experience in the metal refining industry and Environmental Law. That’s where Progressive Environmental Services comes in. With over 34 years of experience in the metal refining industry, Progressive Environmental is an industry leader in recycling post-cremation metal scrap in both an ethical and environmentally conscious manner.