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Human Bodies Can Now Legally Be Composted in Washington State


Compost no longer only applies to food scraps and yard waste in Washington state. On Tuesday, May 21, Washington Governor Jay Inslee passed a bill that legalizes composting deceased humans. When the law goes into effect on May 1, 2020, Washington will be the first and only U.S. state to allow human bodies to be composted, the Seattle Times reported.

Democratic Senator Jamie Pedersen co-sponsored the bill, titled "SB 5001, concerning human remains." Pedersen says that his neighbor Katrina Spade and her company Recompose were the inspiration behind the measure, NBC News reported. After conducting a life cycle assessment, Recompose estimates that its process, called recomposition, will save a metric ton of CO2 every time some is buried with recomposition instead of cremation or traditional burial.