To dispose of sanitary napkins in a hygienic manner, the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) with the help of city-based NGO Jan Adhar has started a Sanitary Napkins Disposal Project under which 800 napkins can be disposed of per day.
PMC claims to be the first municipal corporation in the country to start such a project.
Presently, sanitary napkins are not segregated from other solid wastes and are disposed of along with other garbage at the garbage depot in Undri.
The new centre has been set up at Vartak garden in Shaniwar Peth on an experimental basis for ward number 37. The centre will be inaugurated by member of assembly Madhuri Misal on Saturday.
Mukta Tilak, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) corporator of ward number 37, said, “The present population of the city is 40 lakh. Of this, around 15 lakh are women aged between 13 and 45 years. According to a survey carried out by the Bharatiya Stree Shakti Jagran, nearly 2.5 lakh sanitary napkins are collected in the city everyday, but there is not a single sanitary napkin disposal centre in the city. Hence, PMC has taken this initiative to set up the centre on an experimental basis.”
PMC has entered into a contract with Jan Adhar for a year wherein the used sanitary napkins will be collected from girls’ high schools, ladies’ hostels and residential apartments.
Members of the NGO said that nearly 1,368 napkins are collected from ward number 37 everyday. However, only 800 of them can be disposed of daily. If the machines are increased, more napkins will be disposed of.
BJP corporator Hemant Rasne from the same ward said, “These napkins will be burnt at high temperature to avoid pollution. If we manage to set up such centres across the city, napkins of the city can be disposed of through scientific and hygienic method.”
800 napkins can be disposed of at new centre per day
15 lakh women aged between 13 and 45 years in city
2.5 lakh used sanitary pads are collected everyday