Skip to comments.Belgium's plan to wash its dead down the drain: Bodies would be dissolved in caustic solution
Posted on 07/08/2010 9:35:40 PM PDT by Free ThinkerNY
It could hardly be said to be the most dignified of send-offs.
Undertakers in Belgium plan to eschew traditional burials and cremations and start dissolving corpses instead.
The move is intended to tackle a lack of burial space and environmental concerns as 573lbs of carbon dioxide are released by each cremated corpse.
Under the process, known as resomation, bodies are treated in a steel chamber with potassium hydroxide at high pressure and a temperature of 180c (350f).
The raised pressure and temperature means the body reaches a similar end point as in standard cremation just bones left to be crushed up in two to three hours.
Six states in America have passed legislation to allow resomation and the Scottish company behind the technology says it is in talks to allow the process in the UK.
Although the ashes can be recycled in waste systems, the residue from the process can also be put in urns and handed over to relatives of the dead like normal ashes from crematorium farewells.
Resomation Ltd was formed in east Glasgow in 2007 and has been in talks with the UK government about using the technology in Britain.
The company says on its website: 'The process needs to be approved in each country and/or state before resomation can take place.
'In the UK discussions have already been held with the relevant Ministers and departments within Whitehall in order to progress the use of resomation in the UK.
'Elsewhere across the globe this is a work in progress.'
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Soylent Green..... I remember when that was sciencfiction.
30 years from now...you watch.
once in goo form... everything is possible
Ignore the global warming hoopla. Cremation is the most hygienic, and possibly the most cost-effective as well.
Ashes to ashes, dust to dust.
How do they dispose of the caustic solution? Sounds dangerous to those who have to handle it.
Belgium had a serial killer who did this to his family.
hey hussein, heads up...
Do not go quietly into that good...... steel chamber with potassium hydroxide.
It’s just a response to reality. Belgium has a lot of dying old people and the younger generation is either Islamist or hedonist - either way they couldn’t care less and just want to get rid of the carcasses in the easiest way possible. It’s sad, and they have no one to blame but themselves.
These mother $#%^&&^%% are worse than Nazis. EVERYONE is their enemy because of the "extra" CO2 we generate if our "CHOICE" is cremation. I guess CHOICE only applies when we weigh 1/2 ounce. Forgive me Lord but I hate democrats/liberal/progressives/communists/RINOS (they're all the same)
Hey, why not just throw granny into the wood chipper?
A much tidier, inexpensive, and environmentally sound way to handle the problem is to do what natural history museums do, and use insects.
In a warm, sealed room, maggots will consume much of the cadaver, as long as it is moist. When the remainder is at least partially dried out, cadaver beetles will do a very thorough job of the rest, leaving only clean, dry bones, teeth and spare parts. The bones can then be sanitized, then crushed into powder.
When the insects die, they rapidly dehydrate, and can be disposed of as ordinary waste.
I guess it would be too simple to just plant a tree to offset the imaginary “carbon dioxide” footprint
The end of the world cannot be far from here, hah?
Ah. Cooking the dead. There’s a process rather similar to this which can turn anything organic into fuel/light oils. I wonder if some of these people will end up pushing some Albert’s mercedes.
Sounds a bit like the guy who developed acid that would dissolve anything. What could he keep it in?
Why wait until they are dead? When people are no longer any use to society, or when they are discovered to be voting the wrong way, just dump them into the vat. Good way for the Progressives to get rid of all sorts of undesirables.
Yes. If they are going to do something like this, the next step will be thermaldepolymerization which convert organic material into diesel fuel and carbon.