New York becomes 6th state to legalize human composting

Published: Jan. 1, 2023 at 7:41 AM EST
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ALBANY, N.Y. (WCAX) - New York Gov. Kathy Hochul signed a law Saturday making New York the sixth state in the nation to allow human composting as a burial method.

The move legalizes natural organic reduction, popularly known as human composting, following Vermont, Colorado, Oregon, Washington and California.

Supporters see human composting as an eco-friendly way to return remains to the earth as fresh, fertile soil after death, while critics oppose the burial method as being “inappropriate” for humans.