What is something that many crematories don’t know about metal recycling?

Dental metals are the most valuable component of post-cremation metals. In fact, up to 99% of the value generated from recycling comes from the precious metals used in dental applications. Precious metals are highly valuable and include gold, silver, platinum, and palladium. These small pieces of “dental scrap” are substantially more valuable than other post-cremation metals, such as cobalt joints or titanium rods. While larger pieces like joints and rods make up the majority of your recycled material, it’s the dental metals that drive the overall value.

What makes Garfield Refining unique?

We’ve been recycling precious metals in various industries for over 127 years, so we have experience capturing value from all types of recyclable materials. In particular, we are North America’s #1 dental refiner, which makes us the perfect partner for maximizing the value of dental material in post-cremation metals. As a result of this know-how, we’ve been voted the “Best Dental Scrap Refiner in North America” for the last 8 years in a row.

How can crematories use funds generated from recycling?

Our clients do lots of things with recycling funds. Most chose to reinvest the funds in local charities, buy new equipment with preferred vendors, or reinvest it into their operations. No matter your preference, we make it easy.

What is Garfield’s approach to customer service?

As a multi-generational, family-owned business, our customer-first approach means we care about our customers’ satisfaction. You’ll always be able to connect to a real person at our refinery, and our dedicated crematory team is available by phone or email to answer your questions anytime. Regardless of whether your crematory does 100, or 10,000 cremations per year, our experts are here to help throughout the recycling process.

How does Garfield make it easier for crematories to recycle?

We streamline the recycling process while maximizing efficiencies for your crematory operators. Upon request, our experts will visit your facility and provide useful tips and tools that will aid in the metal capture process. When you start recycling with us, we’ll send a complimentary steel-lined drum you can use to store and ship your post-cremation metals. When you’re ready to recycle, all you need to do is call and schedule a pickup with us. We’ll automatically send you a replacement drum, so you never miss a beat.

Why is cremation recycling so important?

CANA and the ICCFA strongly recommend adopting the environmentally sound practice of recycling prosthetic implants. Mining for precious metals takes a toll on the environment, and we should always strive to recycle gold, silver, platinum, and palladium whenever possible. Additionally, materials used in dental applications may seep into waterways or contaminate other natural ecosystems. Recycling these metals helps crematories comply with state and local environmental laws, while proving a better financial option than storing them.

How does Garfield value post-cremation metal?

All material that comes through our doors is hand sorted, assayed, and scientifically analyzed. Rather than providing a conservative estimate based on case load or gross weight, we’ll always determine the exact composition of your metal and pay you accordingly. Our payments are based on current precious-metal prices, and we follow the same process used to satisfy our dental clients, which is why our crematory customers consistently tell us that we return more value than any other metal refiner.

“Garfield’s representatives have always been very responsive to our needs and provided us with very good technical assistance as we developed our metal recovery program. With their help, we have been able to provide significant funding to a number of non-profit organizations. THANK YOU Garfield for all that you do for us!”
– Paul E., Crematory Owner |  Pennsylvania


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