Compost Burial Will Be an Option for California Families in 2027

Family member Sue duTreil, pays her respects at the casket containing remains of Army Pvt. Earl Joseph Keating after it arrived at the Schoen Funeral Home in New Orleans, Monday, May 23, 2016. More than seven decades after being killed during World War II, Keating’s remains have finally come home to his native New Orleans after being discovered on the island of New Guinea where he died in 1942. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)(AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Starting in 2027, California residents have another burial option that is environmentally-friendly: human composting.

Governor Newsom signed assemblymember Cristina Garcia’s bill into law on Sunday.

“AB 351 will provide an additional option for California residents that is more environmentally-friendly and gives them another choice for burial,” Garcia said in a previous news release. “With climate change and sea-level rise as very real threats to our environment, this is an alternative method of final disposition that won’t contribute emissions into our atmosphere.”

Listen below to hear Mark Thompson‘s take on the burying alternative. Would you be composted? Share your thoughts on KGO 810’s Facebook and Twitter.

Pat Thurston talks about compost burials with John Rothmann, listen below.

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