This came up in my crazy hippie childbirth prep class (brought up by me): Can you compost your placenta in San Francisco, or does it go in the trash?
Unfortunately (or fortunately?) your placenta is not green bin material in San Francisco. Perhaps in other cities, though! Alexa Kielty, Residential and Special Projects Recycling Assistant for the Department of the Environment, told me in an email that the city is “currently not taking human placenta, however it is compostable, just not through the City’s composting program.” So you’re out of luck if you’re a green bin, not a backyard, composter.
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