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Recycling question arises as implant use increases
Los Angeles Daily News

In the post-mortem business, new opportunities continuously arise. One is the reclamation of metal implants and other prosthetics.

“We see more implants and we’d like to see them recycled,” said Vidal Herrera, the founder of 1-800 Autopsy. “There’s no state law that says they have to be recycled.”

It’s a trend those in the mortuary business also see. The accessibility of shoulder, hip, and knee replacements, as well as pacemakers and other implants has increased alongside the rise in the number of cremations.