In 2016 Jerry Bowman founded RRCF (Responsible Recycling Charitable Foundation), a 501 (c) (3) non-profit cremation metal recycling company. Jerry recognized the need for a non-profit company after researching the Industry and only finding one other non-profit, on the West Coast, which appeared to be associated with a large corporate Funeral Home.

Although many crematories donate all of their settlement proceeds directly to their own charities, we’ve found that some don’t want the responsibility of handling the checks and others that aren’t affiliated with a specific charity. In these cases, RRCF handles all the settlement transactions directly with the Crematory’s charity. For those crematories that don’t have a specific charity in mind, they can choose from among the 5 charities listed below, or their funds will be held in an escrow account and dispersed equally among all of the charities at the end of the year.



The Brendan House (Long-term care residence for Veterans or civilans with physical and cognitive disabilities).

Hope on Haven Hill (Provides a therapeutic environment for pregnant and postpartum women with substance abuse disorders, who are seeking sustained recovery).

CancerCare (Helps by providing counceling, support and medical information to patients, families & caregivers).

Acadian Village Museum (Open air museum of 17 buildings, showcasing examples of Acadian life).

Heidra for Heroes (Provides the tools and equipment to enhance the quality of life for our injured veterans, inspiring countless possibilities as they transition back to civilian life).


Beginning around the year 2008, cremation metal recycling has become a popular method of disposing of medical implants, dental, pacemakers and other associated metals collected during the cremation process. Prior to recycling, these metals were disposed of by burying in the ground, in a vault or placed in a landfill.

According to Industry analysts, 75%+ crematories now recycle. In some cases the settlement funds are used to help pay for crematory maintenance and operational expenses and in other cases, the crematory donates all settlement proceeds to a charity.

Those crematories who haven’t yet adopted recycling usually do so for ethical reasons or concerns. Many crematories don’t want to be seen as profiting from the sale of cremation metal. We fully understand and respect your concerns. Perhaps it would be helpful to survey your clients, especially if you shared the environmental benefits of recycling and the benefits of donating all proceeds to a charity. You might be surprised that many of your clients would approve of you recycling. In addition to donating settlements to a charity, you could also set up an escrow fund and help a needy family pay for funeral expenses. Or, perhaps there is a family in need of medical support in your community.