The metal body parts of people cremated at Chelmsford Crematorium have been used to raise more than £8,000 for Farleigh Hospice.
Money was raised by a scheme organised by the Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management (ICCM).
Setup in 2005, the national scheme to recycle surplus metal sees body parts picked up every six months from crematoriums around the country.
They are then transported to Sheffield, sorted, smelted and some of the high-grade metal is used to create new orthopaedic implants.
Tim Morris, chief executive of ICCM, explained the initiative was a green way to get metal.
He said: “Before crematoriums were burying the metal in the grounds which is not environmentally friendly and illegal.
“With the price of metal going up recently the latest collection reached a total of £125,000.”
Money usually collected through the scheme is donated to death-related charities.
This year the ICCM decided authorities involved could chose organisations to donate to.
At the cheque presentation for Farleigh Hospice, Councillor Ian Grundy, was pleased to present the donation.
He said: “I know this money will go some way towards supporting local people who have experienced life limiting illness and bereavement.”
All metal harvested from any deceased must have the consent of all of the family members.