Very recently, a petition was sent to the National Green Tribunal demanding that the Solid Waste Management Rules, 2016, be put into place with manufacturers of sanitary napkins providing wrappers for their safe disposal.
Now, the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) plans to install sanitary napkins and diaper disposal units around 41 wards in the city.
“We are collecting around 3000 sanitary napkins daily. We had earlier done this two years ago where we set up a collection and transportation facility in eight places and 15 schools. We have asked major schools in the city where the number of girl students are more to coordinate on a waste disposal facility,” explains Suresh Jagtap, Head of Solid Waste Management Department, PMC.
The civic body has allocated five crore rupees for this project. The disposal unit will incinerate the waste material. Earlier, disposal units were installed at three different locations wherein each unit could process 800 napkins per day.
“We had launched the Red Dot campaign in February to create awareness on how to wrap a sanitary napkin. This was done along with SWaCH and the Rotary Club,” says Jagtap.
Residents were asked to wrap their sanitary napkins or diapers with a newspaper and mark it with a red dot.
The demand to have such units were mostly made by the women representatives of the civic body. “They are the most aware of how to dispose off sanitary napkins. There is 50 per cent representation of women in the standing committee. This move was collectively decided by them.”
This move comes just after the civic body decided to make garbage collection a paid activity.
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