09-02-2017 11:30 AM | Dhruvalakshmi Paithankar | My Indian Dream
More than 3000 waste pickers across Pune city are faced with the problem of handling public bodily waste. A red dot campaign will help waste pickers in maintaining their dignity.
A citywide ‘red dot’ campaign was launched in Pune yesterday. This aims at creating awareness in people about waste disposal. It focuses on segregating diapers, sanitary napkins and condoms in a different wrapping and then marking it with a red dot. It will help waste pickers to avoid handling it directly.
Waste pickers are exposed to harmful pathogens from this waste. It makes them vulnerable to many diseases. These workers handle roughly 20,000 kilograms of sanitary waste per month. SWaCH (Solid Waste Collection and Handling), India’s first wholly owned cooperative of self-employed waste pickers, has initiated this campaign.
Ministry of Environment and Forests has introduced new municipal solid waste management rules. According to these rules, it is mandatory for every household to keep sanitary waste including diapers, sanitary napkins and condoms segregated in clearly marked bags, which are to be provided by manufacturers of all these products.
SWaCH Seva Sahakari Sanstha Maryadit has been manufacturing such bags, which will be marked for disposal of napkins and other included things.
Buy the My Indian Dream merchandise to support our various initiatives. The premium merchandise enables you to make a statement in style as well as enable our efforts.