Wash. Governor Signs Law Allowing The Composting Of Human Remains

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Wash. Governor Signs Law Allowing The Composting Of Human Remains
Burial and cremation are currently the only options in Washington, but starting in May 2020, the state will allow "human composting."
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On Tuesday, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee signed a bill that would legalize the composting of human remains.

Burial and cremation are currently the only options in Washington, but the bill will allow "human composting," which it describes as a "contained, accelerated conversion of human remains to soil."

The sponsor of the bill, state Sen. Jamie Pedersen, said composting is environmentally friendly and that he feels "people should have the freedom to determine for themselves how they'd like their body to be disposed of."

According to CNN, a typical burial can cost up to $25,000 and cremation can cost over $6,000. But composting may be hundreds to thousands of dollars cheaper. (right before 1st take of last block)

The bill will take effect in May 2020.