Nagpur: To raise awareness among general public, students and also to provide technical services to industries and other beneficiaries relating to collection, disposal and potential treatment options for management of menstrual waste, CSIR- National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (CSIR-NEERI) had organized one day workshop on ‘Menstrual Waste Management’ on June 12 in its auditorium.
Mayor Nanda Jichkar was the chief guest on this occasion. She was accompanied by Dr. Vijayalaxmi, vice president and head, Innovative System, Development Alternatives, Deane Menzies, expert form Red is the New Green initiative, Vasanti Deshpande, executive director, Vardaan, Dr. Sadhana Rayalu, chief scientist, CSIR-NEERI, Dr. A N Vaidya, chief scientist, CSIR-NEERI, Dr Nitin Labhsetwar, senior principal scientist, CSIR-NEERI, Dr. Shilpa Paranjape, RMO, CSIR-NEERI.
In her addressing speech, Mayor Jichakar expressed her satisfaction over the initiative taken by CSIR-NEERI and Swacch towards menstrual waste management in the country. She applauded the activities jointly being undertaken by CSIR-NEERI and Swachh to scientifically manage the menstrual waste.
During the workshop, it was informed that CSIR-NEERI has initiated activites to develop biodegradable sanitary napkins, low cost biodegradable, anti-microbial, odour free bags and liner material for dustbins to handle menstrual waste pasteurisation and treatment system. Air quality monitoring studies during the burning of menstrual waste in open pits and commercial incinerators relating to health and social aspects are also in progress.
Delegates from various NGOs, research and academic institutions, along with invitees participated in the event.