Craven District Council

Craven District Council

Cremation Policies

Policies and Guidlines

Craven District Council is a full member of the Federation of British Cremation Authorities and operates under their strict code of practice.

The crematorium team are qualified and skilled in the process of cremation and ensure all cremations are undertaken in accordance with the industry code of practice.


Environmental Impact

In accordance with industry guiding principles on Cremation, Craven District Council’s policy allows for the holding over of cremations, principally to contribute to the reduction of harmful emissions. 

Carbon Dioxide (CO2) from fossil fuels is emitted from cremators during  the cremation process. The CO2 emissions are harmful to the environment and are at their highest when a cremator is in pre-heat mode. In order to ensure that cremators are used in the most efficient and least environmentally detrimental way. We have decided not to cremate on the same day as the coffin is received and/or the funeral is held with the applicants consent.

For more information please see the ICCMs holding over policy.

Guidelines to help the reduction of emissions

The coffin must be made of a suitable material which, when placed in a cremator and subjected to the cremation process, is easily combustible and which does not emit smoke, give off toxic gas or leave any retardant smears or drips after final combustion. No metal of any kind shall be used in the manufacture of such coffin except as necessary for its safe construction and then only metal of a high ferrous content. Cross pieces must not be attached to the bottom of the coffin. If it is desired to strengthen the bottom of the coffin, wooden strips may be placed lengthways for this purpose.

Cardboard coffins should not contain chlorine in the wet strength agent. (e.g. not using polyamidoamine-epichlorhydrin based resin (PAA-E).


No metal furniture or fittings whatever shall be used on a coffin for cremation. Coffin handles should be free from unnecessary metal components. External coatings to a coffin must allow for smokeless combustion and the use of nitro-cellulose varnish, polyurethane, melamine and any products containing polyvinyl chloride (PVC) or melamine must not be used in coffin construction or furnishings. Water based lacquer free from additives containing heavy metals may be used for coating a coffin or a suitable cloth may be used for covering a coffin. The exception to the foregoing is the use of polystyrene which is restricted to the coffin nameplate only and this must not exceed 90 grams in weight.


The use of saw dust, cotton wool or shredded paper within a coffin must be avoided. If lining of a coffin is necessary, this should be manufactured from polythene not exceeding 75 microns in thickness. Lead or zinc linings must not be used. The use of shredded paper within a coffin is not permitted.


In order to minimise the release of pollutants to air, it is recommended that clothing should be of natural fibres and that shoes or any material manufactured from PVC should not be included. Body adornments manufactured from copper should be removed as should any easily removable prostheses or casts of plaster or other material. Additional items, particularly of glass or plastic, should not be placed within the coffin.


Metal Recycling

Metal Recycling is carried out at Skipton Crematorium in accordance with the Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management (ICCM) guidelines.  We seek consent for the sensitive recycling of metals after cremation.  All metal residues from the cremation process are sent to be recycled unless otherwise stated on the application form.  Monies raised from the recycled metals are donated to local or national death related charities in the UK.

You can read more on this in our booklet Recycling of metals after Cremation.


Infant Cremation

The Joint Policy Statement on Infant Cremation (England/Wales) can be found here: Policy Statement for Infant Cremation.

Charter rights on baby and infant funerals.