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Harbour View Crematorium.<br />
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Almost £1.7million was raised by British crematoriums last year through selling valuable metals which were inside human bodies, it has emerged.<br />
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In total, about 66,000kgs of 'high grade' metals were collected from 180 crematoriums which are signed up to the Metals Recycling Scheme.<br />
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The scheme, which was introduced in 2006, has now raised £6.6million - with all proceeds going to bereavement charities. In its first year, the figure was just £15,000.<br />
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Stephen Tapper, 49, who runs Harbour View crematorium in Poole, Dorset, said they are re-claiming record amounts of metals as people are living for longer and getting artificial joints.