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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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  • bloomsm

    Besides the utterly disgusting idea of keeping the placenta around, haven’t people ever heard of “biohazards”? No recycling of animal feces, placentas, limbs you may choose to dismember, organs you feel are no longer useful, your hair, nail clippings, and used feminine hygeine products.

  • bloomsm

    Besides the utterly disgusting idea of keeping the placenta around, haven’t people ever heard of “biohazards”? No recycling of animal feces, placentas, limbs you may choose to dismember, organs you feel are no longer useful, your hair, nail clippings, and used feminine hygeine products.

  • Erik

    You are supposed to eat it, not compost it.

    Anyway, I’m surprised it’s even legal to compost it yourself. I suppose there is a line somewhere between composting your own body parts and running an unapproved underground medical waste disposal operation.

  • Erik

    You are supposed to eat it, not compost it.

    Anyway, I’m surprised it’s even legal to compost it yourself. I suppose there is a line somewhere between composting your own body parts and running an unapproved underground medical waste disposal operation.