Washington lawmakers pass human composting bill

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(CNN/ Human remains could soon be used as compost in the state of Washington.

Lawmakers passed Senate Bill 5001, which gives people the option to use human remains as composting materials. If the governor, Jay Inslee, signs the bill, it will go into effect on May 1, 2020.

According to CNN, if a person dies in Washington, the body can only be cremated or buried, that could change if the governor signs SB 5001.

The bill said this is the practice of "contained, accelerated conversion of human remains in soil."

The bill's sponsor, Senator Jamie Pedersen, said in February, "It's about time we apply some technology, allow some technology, to be applied to this universal human experience both because we think that people should have the freedom to determine for themselves how they'd like their body to be disposed of and also because we have learned over time that there are some more environmentally friendly and safe ways of disposing of human remains."

CNN affiliate KIRO reported that the average burial can cost between $8,000 and $25,000. KIRO spoke to the CEO of a human composting company, Recompose. The CEO, Katrina Spade, said she hopes to charge about $5,500 for human composting.