California to Join Other States in Allowing Compost Burial

California gardeners rejoice. California based gardeners have just received word that they will soon be allowed to become one with their beloved gardens when they die. How? By being turned into a nutrient-rich soil that can be used in the garden. 

Gavin Newsom, Governor of California, recently signed AB 351 into law. Starting in 2027, AB 351 will allow California residents to be composted when they die. California joins a handful of states that allow this practice. Currently composting burial is allowed in Washington, Oregon, Colorado, and Vermont.  

There are companies already specializing in the process. Typically what they do is place a body in a vessel with wood chips and other organic material so that microbes can break the body down. The process is said to take about eight weeks to complete. 

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