Sanitary waste is probably the most ignored of all waste streams in cities. It is dumped indiscriminately in dumpsites and landfills, mixed with biodegradables and other dry fractions. According to the Menstrual Hygiene Alliance of India (MHAI), India has 336 million menstruating women and girls who generate a whopping one billion used sanitary napkins per month.
The Solid Waste Management Rules of 2016 mandate that cities should collect and dispose of sanitary waste along with dry waste. While sanitary waste is voluminous and infectious in nature, substantial quantities of plastic are used in its manufacturing which makes this waste all the more challenging to manage. What remains
understated is the need for potential alternatives to traditional sanitary products and
an environment friendly management protocol across the board.
We invite you to join us and our panel of experts at a webinar to release our new report on sanitary waste management, and discuss our key findings. The aim would be to explore how an enabling environment could be created towards instituting a more efficient sanitary waste management ecosystem in India.
CSE’s new report introspects over the current policies, practices and learnings from the ground. It also highlights the concerns related to the increasing quantities of sanitary waste in the waste stream. It identifies the critical challenges associated with current sanitary waste disposal practices in India with evidence-based learning and policy measures to be considered going forward.