Pune: The residents of different housing societies in various parts of the city - Ravet, Pimpri Chinchwad including Akurdi had organised a campaign on disposal of sanitary napkins. They showed the process to the girls coming from the slums of Ravet.
The process included disposal of sanitary pads in newspaper bags with a red dot, so that the workers do not open it while collecting the garbage.
Prajakta Rudravar, a resident of Celestial City, Ravet, and the mastermind behind the idea, said, “Before the campaign, we taught the disposal process of sanitary pads to our society residents, as we frequently received complaints about water-pipe blockages due to flushing of sanitary pads.
“Later, I started receiving complaints about the same from our neighbouring societies too.
“This encouraged me to do something to resolve the issue and thus, the idea of this campaign came to my mind.
“I also understood that sanitary pads should be disposed of in a proper manner, it should be wrapped in a newspaper pouch and marked with a red dot to distinguish it from the garbage.
“Before focusing on the slums, we conducted several meetings with the residents of our society and also the members of our neghbouring societies to make them understand the same.” She further added, “The idea of red dot from SWaCH inspired me to make more people aware of it and help the garbage collector to stay healthy without touching the sanitary garbage.”
Aparna Susarla, Director of SWaCH, said, “Disposing of sanitary pads in a proper manner is very important for all the people as the garbage collectors can get highly infectious diseases while touching it.
“Moreover, people should also throw the sanitary pads in the dry waste so that it is sent to the landfills and composed in proper manner.”