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Jan. 18th, 2019 | 11:13 am

Washington could become the first state to legalize human composting
... Sen. Jamie Pedersen, a Democrat, who is sponsoring a bill in Washington’s Legislature to expand the options for disposing of human remains. The recomposition bill would also make Washington the 17th state to allow alkaline hydrolysis, the dissolving of bodies in a pressurized vessel with water and lye until just liquid and bone remains. Pedersen plans to introduce the bill when the new legislative session begins next month.

Is it me, or is that kinda like how murderers dispose of bodies on TV? That's not the composting, here called "recomposition", though:
The process involves placing unembalmed human remains wrapped in a shroud in a 5-foot-by-10-foot cylindrical vessel with a bed of organic material such as wood chips, alfalfa and straw. Air is then periodically pulled into the vessel, providing oxygen to accelerate microbial activity. Within approximately one month, the remains are reduced to a cubic yard of compost that can be used to grow new plants.

There's a picture in the article which looks pretty much exactly like a larger version of our backyard rotating-drum composter.

It seems to me that after a month you would still have bones and the article doesn't address what is done with those. But hey, I'm all in for turning my body into compost when I'm done with it.

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