A Titanium implant can change a life not only once, but twice. By recycling titanium implants, crematoriums across America are choosing to give less fortunate implant patients a second lease on life.
Implants have traditionally been disposed of without the thought for future use, and this has been a growing concern across America. Disposing of Titanium implants in a landfill is harmful to the environment and a huge loss to the health implant system. The medical industry cannot afford to lose this precious, non-renewable resource.
Today, crematoriums and funeral homes are on a mission to keep medical implants out of the landfills. Instead, they redirect these devices to second-use opportunities through ethical and legal Titanium recycling programs.
Recycling Titanium implants
Fortunately, there are companies that specialize in ways to re-use medical metals to help new patients. Together, these recycling companies have helped divert hundreds of thousands of pounds of medical metals from American landfills for repurposing.
Each recycling service operates slightly differently. In general, they work with crematories, cemeteries, mortuaries, and funeral homes to retrieve metallic implants before the burial or after the cremation process. The recyclers then collect, sterilize, and assess each implant before allocating it to a suitable future use.
No implant is allowed to be reused in its original form due to the increased risk of infection or implant failure. So, with this in mind, a Titanium implant always begins its new journey by being melted down.
Many melted implants are fashioned into fresh implants using the strict specifications required by the medical industry. Others are allocated to industrial purposes, such as being forged into parts for heavy-duty industrial machinery.
When repurposed as an implant, the program very often gives patients in less fortunate communities the opportunity to receive an implant at a low-cost or zero-cost. This means that patients, who could not generally afford an implant, are able to benefit from the donation of a bereaved family.
Respect for the family
Medical metal recycling companies recycle implants not only out of concern for the environmental or economy but also out of respect to the family of the deceased.
New technology allows crematoriums to recover the maximum amounts of medical metals after cremation. This advanced process means that families will be able to scatter the ashes of their loved ones without the upset of seeing metals during the release.
A few medical metal recycling services offer to cover all the costs involved in recycling. This includes supplying crematoriums with state-of-the-art processing equipment, equipment maintenance, and necessary training. Once crematoriums start recycling, the recycling company will also carry the shipping costs to and from their business.
Choosing a medical metal recycling company
It’s wise to compare the various implant recycling services available. Make sure that you choose a service provider that is certified in your state and one that does not compromise on the quality of their service.
Partner with a reputable company that has a Quality Management System of at least ISO 9000 and an Environmental Management System of at least ISO 14000. This way, you’ll know that you are offering an uncompromised service to the environment and the families that you serve.