Using decomposing human remains as compost will be legal from 2027

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The bill, known as natural organic reduction (NOR), would be an option for residents who do not want to be buried or cremated after death, starting in 2027. Mind you, the bill prohibits combining the remains of multiple people unless they are related.

“AB 351 will provide an additional option for California residents that is more environmentally friendly and will give them another option for burial,” Cristina Garcia, author of the bill, said in a statement.

“With climate change and sea level rise being very real threats to our environment, this is an alternative disposal method that will not contribute to emissions into our atmosphere. I hope to continue my legacy of fighting for clean air by using my reduced remains to plant a tree,” Garcia said.

The Catholic Church is against this bill.

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