In funeral industry’s green wave, the sewage plant is the new cemetery

By today’s standards of what to do with dead people, dying is really bad for the environment. Chemicals used in embalming, for example, eventually leach into the earth. Cremation pollutes the air (about 500 pounds of carbon dioxide), and there’s the whole use of greenhouse gasses thing to consider.

Why not just flush us down the town sewer?

The CBC reports that an Ontario company has come up with a new way to handle the dead. It dissolves human remains and flushes the fluid.

This is what it’s come to as the “green wave” sweeps through the funeral industry.

“It brings your body back to its natural state,” Dale Hilton, owner of Aquagreen Dispositions, says. “It’s the same way as being buried in the ground, but instead of taking 15, 20 years to disintegrate, it does it in a quicker process. And it’s all environmentally friendly.”

It all depends on how environmentally friendly you want your demise to be.

“It could be a problem,” the manager of the local sewage treatment plant says. “We haven’t experienced that yet. I don’t know how many bodies they’d have to do in a day for that to be a problem,” he said.

After the process is done, about 8 pounds of powder is left; that’s given to the families. The rest sleeps with the fishes.

  • Leann Olsen
  • PaulJ

    Why not just bury w/o embalming ?

    • Justin McKinney

      I would guess that people would object to this, since it would create an urgency of burial that would make it difficult or impossible for family to travel to the funeral in time, especially if they live far away.

  • Rob

    the dissolvers could use the Ty Dee Bowl man as their icon/brand representative…

  • Rob

    yikes – the royal flush

  • Gary F

    And sometime down the road we will find out this will be bad too.

  • Jerry

    Tibetans probably have the most environmentally sound method, but probably not practical in areas of high population density.

  • Jeff C.

    According to Google, burning 1 gallon of gas releases about 20 lbs. of carbon dioxide. Let’s say that 50 people come to your funeral and they drive an average of 10 miles to get there and back home. That means that 500 miles were driven for your funeral. If the cars driven get an average of 20 miles per gallon, then 25 gallons of gas were used for your funeral. That means that the driving for the funeral released as much CO2 as the cremation. I hope people don’t start suggesting we do away with funerals.

    Maybe instead of forgoing either one we should try to reduce our carbon footprint while we are alive so we can use those carbon credits when they are meaningful.

  • Mike Worcester

    I’ll just donate my body to those corpse decay studies so at least my rot will advance science. Besides, people could still visit my headstone and say nice stuff (or not so nice depending on who they are) about me.

  • kat

    If you get a chance, see this movie
    I think it should be required for most adults- we rarely think of our own death, let alone what happens to our bodies after.