Scattering Cremated Remains

ash scattering lake washingtonOnce cremation has been performed, the cremated remains are no longer subject to special regulations:  (RCW 68.50.270)  “The person or persons determined under RCW 68.50.160 as having authority to order cremation shall be entitled to possession of the cremated human remains without further intervention by the state or its political subdivisions.”

You may scatter cremated remains on:

  • National Parks after receiving permission from the Chief Park Ranger.
  • State Trust Uplands after receiving permission from the regional manager for each scattering. However, scattering by commercial scattering services is not permitted.
  • Public navigable waters under state control, including Puget Sound, the Pacific Ocean within the three-mile limit, rivers, streams and lakes.
  • The Pacific Ocean beyond the three-mile limit. (These scatterings must be reported within 30 days to the Regional Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 10, 1200 Sixth Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101.)
  • Private land with the permission of the land owner.

When scattering cremated remains, do not drop or throw the urn containing the cremated remains in the water. Scatter only the contents.  If the cremated remains were returned to you in a plastic container with a plastic bag and metal disk inside, you may pour the ashes from the plastic bag into the water and then later dispose of bag, plastic container, and disk in an acceptable fashion such as recycling or according to local waste disposal regulations.

If you have any questions about scattering, please call one of our counselors at 425-832-1900

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Funeral Arrangement Centers

Barton Family Funeral Service of Kirkland

North Park Business Center
11630 Slater Ave NE, Suite 1A
Kirkland, WA 98034
Telephone – (425) 823-1900
Fax – (425) 823-1977
Office Hours – 8:00 to 6:00 Monday through Friday
Evenings and Weekends by Appointment

Barton Family Funeral Service of Renton

Renton Plaza Building
1400 Talbot Rd. S., Suite 104
Renton, WA 98055
Telephone – (206) 329-7800
Fax – (425) 823-1977
Office Hours – By Appointment