NEW YORK STATE (WENY) — Good news for people not interested in a traditional burial. A new law legalizing human composting was passed in the Empire State last Saturday. Gov. Hochul signed new legislation into law that permits human composting as a legal method of burial to lay someone to rest.
“This sounds like the most economically-friendly tradition at this point,” Kevin McInerny, Owner of McInerny Funeral Home, said.
Gov. Hochul signed new legislation into law that permits human composting as a legal method of burial to lay someone to rest. The bill is part of measures New York state is putting in place to eliminate carbon emissions by 2050. Kevin McInerny, the owner of McInerny funeral home in Elmira, says he’s excited families will have another option of burial to choose from.
“Some people like traditional earth burial with a casket, some people like cremation, but there (are) folks who don’t like either one; they don’t like a casket in the ground, they don’t like the idea of their remains being consumed by flame,” McInerny said.
New York became the sixth state to legalize human composting, as Washington state became the first to do so in 2019. They were followed by Colorado and Oregon in 2021, and later Vermont and California in 2022.