GOVERNMENT OF INDIA,MINISTRY OF ENVIRONMENT, FOREST AND CLIMATE CHANGE
RAJYA SABHA,QUESTION NO.4188,ANSWERED ON:10.04.2017
Proper disposal of menstrual waste
Shri Husain Dalwai
Will the Minister of ENVIRONMENT, FOREST AND CLIMATE CHANGE be pleased to satate :-
(a) whether the Ministry has put in place a policy for proper disposal of menstrual waste;
(b) if so, the details thereof and if not the reasons there for;
(c) whether improper disposal of menstrual waste is an environmental hazard as sanitary napkins are non-biodegradable, non-recyclable and non-reusable;
(d) what framework is proposed to reduce the environment hazard arising out of improper disposal of sanitary napkins; and
(e) whether the Ministry has conducted any study to determine the amount of menstrual waste generated in the country every month, if so, the details thereof and if not, the reasons therefor?
MINISTER OF STATE (INDEPENDENT CHARGE) FOR ENVIORNMENT, FOREST AND CLIMATE CHANGE
(SHRI ANIL MADHAV DAVE)
(a)to (d)The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change has notified Solid Waste (Management) Rules, 2016 which inter-alia provide for environmentally sound management of menstrual waste. Sanitary pads and diapers are ubiquitously used for disposal of menstrual waste. Indiscriminate disposal of menstrual waste and/or mixing with other waste is environmental and health hazard. Accordingly, it has been prescribed in the Rules as an obligation for waste generators of sanitary waste including menstrual waste to securely wrap the used sanitary pads and diapers in the pouches provided by the manufacturers of these products and/or in a suitable wrapping material as made mandatory by the local authorities to be placed in the bin meant for dry waste or non-biodegradable waste. The Rules also make it mandatory for the manufacturers of sanitary pads to provide for equal number of the disposable pouches in the packets of sanitary pads which are placed in the market.
(e) The Ministry has not conducted any study in this regard.