Cremation – just another tissue incinerator?

When human or animal tissues are processed through a high temperature clinical waste incinerator we have no graet concern about options for heat and energy recovery. When those tissues are a whole body something strange is creating a conceptual – or is it emotional – barrier to energy recovery.

Little more than a week ago, we reported protests against use of heat from a Local Authority cremator to heat the next door swimming baths.

Now,¬†Cardiff council is looking to use heat from cremations at Thornhill Crematorium to heat the associated chapel building. Though backed, so¬†says the council, by many bereaved families the proposal is described as “ghoulish” by BBC journalists who no doubt have an eye on a better story of shock and horror! However, they do report that the idea has been criticised as “disrespectful” to families who have lost loved ones.

A similar proposal is being considered in Worcestershire.

Cardiff have put out questionnaires over the last 2 years, to test the response to this proposal. The response rate was very small, but the great majority of respondents were in favour. However, the vociferous minority are now up in arms – I wonder if that has any connection to do with a reported hunting for a story?

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