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RECYCLING HITS A GRAVE PROBLEM

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Local authorities are drawing on public support in their campaign to allow old graves to be recycled. ...
Local authorities are drawing on public support in their campaign to allow old graves to be recycled.

Interviews conducted with 1,600 people by the University of York's Institute of Research into Social Sciences suggested many would support the idea.

The Confederation of Burial Authorities said councils were faced with a dwindling supply of empty plots at a time when the death rate is expected to increase.

Several municipal cemetaries were already full, poorly maintained and rarely visited by relatives of the dead, it added. Some 30% of people are still choosing burial over cremation.

The confederation will now campaign for an amendment to the 1852 act of Parliament which prevents occupied plots being used for further burials.
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