After our own Katie Baker responded to a question from a reader wondering if she could compost her (or, more accurately, her baby’s) placenta, reactions were swift and disgusted. Loyal commenter Blooms even asked “haven’t people ever heard of ‘biohazards’?”

Well, prepare to freak out again, y’all: SFGate travels into the future to show us a brief article from Sunday’s Chronicle on Earth Baby, a Bay Area based service that, for about $85/month, will pick up and compost your baby’s diapers.

Used diapers are taken to a commercial composting facility where they are mixed with other green waste. Microbes and fungus within the compost naturally bring the temperature to more than 140 degrees over 10 to 14 weeks. The process, which is monitored by the facility, sanitizes the soil, ensuring that it’s pathogen-free.

the author

Eve Batey is the editor and publisher of the San Francisco Appeal. She used to be the San Francisco Chronicle's Deputy Managing Editor for Online, and started at the Chronicle as their blogging and interactive editor. Before that, she was a co-founding writer and the lead editor of SFist. She's been in the city since 1997, presently living in the Outer Sunset with her husband, cat, and dog. You can reach Eve at eve@sfappeal.com.

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  • Xenu

    Trying to compost Subway and Burger King “food” is grosser than either.

  • Greg Dewar

    @Eve: God bless you and the SFA for writing a headline that so stands out in my Google Reader I had to click through, even though I have no placentas or dirty diapers.

    @Xenu: HELL YEAH.

  • bloomsm

    Can I just crap into the green bin and eliminate the middle step of flushing a toilet? Saves water….

  • grapedoc

    Actually, it would be better not to compost either. The best option is to put these through a methane digester to generate carbon-neutral energy and some very bio-safe fiber. The composting process actually emits enough methane that the resulting “fertilizer” has a huge carbon footprint per pound of nitrogen. This is not widely understood because most people simply assume that a compost is completely aerobic. The science says otherwise. See this scribd document that has been reviewed by dozens of qualified scientists: http://www.scribd.com/doc/17356325/Carbon-Footprint-of-Organic-Fertilizer