According to Maine’s Bangor Daily News, a crematory in the town of Searsport has become the first in the United States to dispose of bodies by liquifying them and flushing the resulting sludge into the municipal waste system. Owner Mark Riposta explains that the process doesn’t rely on harsh toxins:
“These are natural chemicals. They’re what your grandmother used to make soap.”
Though this method is a more environmentally sustainable method of dealing with the dead, if the active agents in a zombie sickness prove to be more resistant than other know pathogens, the infection could be inadvertently introduced into rivers, lakes, and drinking water supplies.
We first reported on this issue in 2010 when officials in the European Union were considering dissolving corpses in a similar chemical bath.
In addition to the common criticism that turning grandma into sludge water is disturbing and disrespectful, one can’t help but wonder if it could accelerate the spread of the coming zombie plague.