The World’s First Human Composting Facility Will Open in 2021

Science Alert – by Peter Dockrill

When a human being’s time is up, in Western countries we generally have two main options for our mortal remains – burial or cremation. Now, a world-first facility has been set up to offer a unique alternative ritual to traditional choices: compost.

Recompose, which is scheduled to begin operations in Seattle, Washington in 2021, bills itself as the world’s first human composting facility, offering to gently convert human remains into soil, in a process it calls “recomposition” or “natural organic reduction”. 

The company, a public benefit corporation led by founder Katrina Spade, has been in the works for years, but became a legally viable service this year when Washington passed a historic bill to become the first US state to allow human composting.

The law goes into effect in May 2020, enabling what Spade calls a “death-care revolution”, in which bodies of the deceased will transform into soil in the company’s reusable, hexagonal ‘Recomposition Vessels’.

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3 thoughts on “The World’s First Human Composting Facility Will Open in 2021

  1. Soylent Green? Ah, predictive programming strikes again (if of course the bodies are “composted” for human food not “soil” as they say…bwahahahah.)

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