Metal body parts collected from Mendip Crematorium are being recycled as part of a nationwide scheme.
The not-for-profit scheme is being adopted by councils in the West. Steel hips and other metal salvaged after cremations are sent off to be turned into items such as road signs and motorway central reservation barriers.
A spokesman for Dignity, which runs Mendip Crematorium on behalf of the council, said: “Mendip Crematorium subscribes to a metal recycling scheme managed by the Association of Private Crematoria and Cemeteries (APCC).
“This is a not-for-profit recycling scheme for all metal recovered from the cremation process. The families of the deceased can decide to opt out of the scheme prior to the cremation taking place.
“Any metal residues following cremation are collected and any money raised from the recycling is paid directly from the APCC to a charity. Mendip Crematorium has nominated Marie Curie Cancer Care as their charity for 2013.
There is no financial gain for the crematorium from subscribing to the APCC metal recycling scheme.
The scheme has raised almost £1million for charity since it began in Britain in 2004.