Take a closer look at the next road sign you see, its not made from what you think

Road signs might not be made out of what you think, as many metal body parts that are harvested from crematoriums are actually being recycled to be made into lamp posts, road signs, aircraft engines, and car parts.

Plates and screws from skulls and legs as well as steel hips are often collected after a body is cremated and then sent to special recycling centres as part of a new nationwide scheme in the UK. False teeth that had metal plates and small fragments from fillings inside of teeth can even be recovered and recycled after cremation. The idea for the scheme branched from the fact that busy crematoriums can easily fill up a recycling bin with the left over metal body parts that they collect on a monthly basis.

In general, high value metals that are able to survive the high degree of fire in crematoriums can also be sold for use in aeronautics and automobile industries. For instance titanium and cobalt found in dental work and many implants can actually be used inside of plane engines. However, there are also some less valuable metals that can still be recycled by melting them down and using them to build lamp posts, motorway barriers, and road signs.

The metal that crematoriums are able to salvage is placed in wheelie bins and then collected by specialised contractors who are able to forward it to the right specialist plants to be recycled. The money that is made from any sale of metals is then donated to charity and since the project was first started back in 2004 almost £1m has been donated to various good causes. Today about 260 crematoriums in Britain have signed up for the scheme and on average generate about 75 tonnes of metal every year.