In this year 2018, India is hosting today the World Environment Day, which is one of the most important days observed by the UN worldwide. A platform has been provided on 5th June for encouraging awareness and propagating the need in order to protect the environment. World Environment Day has a special theme like previous years relating to the environmental concern at the time. The theme for the year 2018 is “Beat Plastic Pollution”.
We are quite an acquaintance with this “Plastic Pollution” issue which has been a part of our regular discussion in order to make free the environment from the verge of destruction. But, we are absolutely unaware of the used sanitary napkins which are also responsible for making the environment polluted.
Sanitary waste is a silent and a mounting problem in India because we live in such a so-called society where even discussing menstruation is a taboo. Naturally, the issue of our menstrual waste has also been suppressed totally under the carpet. Like, menstrual consciousness, menstrual waste should be the part of our regular discussion. It needs to be brought out into the mainstream. We are trying to break the silence of “Menstrual Cycle” but unaware of Red Dot campaign.
The Red Dot Campaign was formally launched on February 7. The city-wide project was launched in two parts, one to raise awareness on ways to dispose of sanitary waste and the other, to make sanitary napkin manufacturers more accountable. Pune’s waste-pickers handle about 20 thousand kilograms of dirty diapers and sanitary pads every day, exposing themselves to diseases like staphylococcus, hepatitis, e Coli, salmonella and typhoid. Every day, SWaCH workers collect 6.5 lakh kilograms of waste from over five lakh houses of Pune, which they hand-segregate into dry and wet waste.
Residents of Pune were asked to wrap up their sanitary pads and diapers in a paper that was marked with a red dot. This would help SWaCH (Solid Waste Collection and Handling) workers identify sanitary waste and treat it accordingly. To make it easier for the residents to dump waste in pushcarts, the carts were painted red. The SWaCH team also manufactures fifty thousand red-labelled bags per month and sells them for merely Rs.1.25 per bag as part of their campaign. To promote the awareness in an appealing way, the SWaCH team came out with stickers for shops, mugs, flyers and banners.
Malati Gadgil, who heads the campaign, told that how many sanitary workers lose the will to eat because of their work. She told, ” We all like to eat in clean surroundings and with clean utensils. You can hardly go from changing a diaper to eating right away even if it is your child. Imagine being faced with it every day.” Even she added that it was hard to categorize diseases but handling blood and faeces was an issue which was why even hospitals and path labs were careful, using disposables and gloves etc.
So, put a simple red dot on your menstrual waste and help to save the life of sanitation workers.
Source : Google