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Human Composting Law: Oregon 2021 HB 2574 (Effective July 1, 2022)


Human composting may also be referred to as “natural organic reduction.”

This bill passed in the 2021 Oregon Legislature (Regular Session):

Relating to disposition of dead bodies.
Catchline/Summary: Clarifies permissibility of disposition of human bodies by alternative authorized processes including alkaline hydrolysis and natural organic reduction.

Read the text of the enrolled bill, 2021 House Bill 2574, amendments, testimony, and related analysis at the OLIS website.

The bill was signed into law by Governor Kate Brown on June 15, 2021. [An Oregon Law citation (i.e. the Chapter number) was not available at the time I wrote this blog post. You will be able to find that citation on OLIS shortly.]

News article:
“Oregon could become 2nd state to permit human composting,” OPB, by AP staff, March 1, 2021

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