Soil to soil? Washington is the first state to legalize composting bodies

  • Washington state is the first to legalize composting as an alternative to casket burial or cremation.
  • Cost is estimated at $5,500, more than typical cremation, but less than a traditional casket burial.
  • The law passed with wide bipartisan support, although the Roman Catholic Church was among the opposition.
  • Recompose, the company pioneering the method, plans to open in Seattle at the end of 2020 and license new locations.