Sanitary Pad Incinerator





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Project Description

Region: Asia

Country: India

Location: District 3060 India

Total Budget: $111,429

Area of Focus: Disease prevention and treatment

Sanitary Pad Incinerators for Economically Challenged Community.

Rotary International District - 3060, India.

The problem of improper disposal of menstrual waste is a major roadblock to

our achieving the goal to create a clean India. Inappropriate disposal of

menstrual waste is problematic for several reasons.

The first reason stems from the fact that plastic sanitary napkins have replaced

cloth napkins to a large extent. The material used to make plastic napkins is

non-biodegradable, thus leading to the accumulation of used napkins in large

heaps in landfills. Used sanitary napkins that have not been disposed off

properly sometimes block the drainage system. Burning plastic sanitary napkins

causes harmful toxins to be released into the atmosphere, and is therefore not

an environment-friendly solution to the problem. Women from lower economic

backgrounds who cannot afford to buy plastic sanitary napkins use cloth

napkins, and often either do not dispose them or dispose them in ways that are

not hygienic.

Another problem of accumulated menstrual waste is the fact that menstrual

blood on napkins stagnates for longer duration, thus allowing pathogens to

thrive in it. Stagnant menstrual blood accumulates a lot of bacteria such as

Escherichia coli, which rapidly multiplies at an exponential rate. The red blood

cells in the menstrual blood nourish the bacteria and emit a foul odour when

they die. Heaps of sanitary napkins with a large amount of disease causing

bacteria on them pose a significant threat to the hygiene in the surrounding


The improper disposal of sanitary napkins is a problem that needs to be dealt

with right from the grass root level. The process of menstruation is considered

taboo, and people refrain from talking about it openly. Young girls and even

certain older women are not aware of the hygiene problems caused by the

improper disposal of sanitary pads. Efforts must be made to create awareness

about the importance of menstrual hygiene and the problems caused by the

lack of it. We must also find an alternative to plastic sanitary pads that is

biodegradable and easy to dispose.

In an effort promote proper disposal of menstrual waste and promote the

Swachh Bharat Mission, sanitary pad vending machines and incinerators were

installed in two women's hostels. One of the best ways to dispose menstrual

waste is to incinerate sanitary napkins using electrical or physical fire-based

incinerators without allowing the smoke generated in the process to escape into

the atmosphere. Napkins must be incinerated immediately after they are used,

without giving time for pathogens to grow on them. This incinerator is small in

size and very easy to use. It restricts the smoke generated in the process of

incineration to a specific chamber and prevents it from entering the atmosphere.

To Address this Problem Rotary District 3060 has taken up the initiative to

promote menstrual sanitation and proper disposal of menstrual waste forward

by creating awareness, encouraging every woman to use eco- friendly

incinerators and promoting research to find a biodegradable alternative to

plastic sanitary pads. With the Help of Clubs of District 3060 Sanitary Pad

Incinerators will be installed at schools and Public places for Economically

Challenged Community. This would help in proper eco-friendly disposal of

Sanitary Pads.


Primary Host Partner

District: 3060

Rotary Club of: Ankleshwar

Primary Contact: Manish Shroff

Email: manish@shroffit.com

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Project Status

Need $24,112
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Project listed for the 2018-19 Rotary Year.

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by Manish Shroff

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