How can decentralised incinerators for managing menstrual waste be a good idea?

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Re: How can decentralised incinerators for managing menstrual waste be a good idea?

Paresh,

Thank you for raising this important topic. Safe disposal of menstrual waste is a key part of ensuring we are meeting menstruators' health and human rights as we build sanitation infrastructure. 

Biomass Controls and Arundati Muralidharan of MHAi recently published a review of existing menstrual waste incinerators, including recommendations for policy and practice. You can check our work out here - it's open access so you can read if interested. iwaponline.com/washdev/article/14/5/343/...-of-incinerators-for

We have been having ongoing discussions about how to improve menstrual waste disposal globally, and would be interested in talking with you about your experiences. I highly recommend connecting with Arundati as well - she has been working in this space for quite a while and I consider her an expert in this field.

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Alison
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How can decentralised incinerators for managing menstrual waste be a good idea?

Annually 12 billion disposable sanitary napkins are generated in India, the majority of which are not biodegradable. To deal with the waste,  small-scale incinerators are being installed, especially in schools and community facilities. However, regulating such small-scale incinerators has its own challenges. In my understanding, in many ways they are similar to regulating small-scale wastewater treatment facilities. In this article, Dr Richa Singh suggests the following 
  • Promote switching to greener menstruation products 
  • Establish a fool-proof regime for monitoring of installation and operations of small-scale incinerators 
  • promote entrepreneurs working on technologies for eco-friendly ways of sanitary waste disposal and recycling 
What other arrangements do you think are needed to ensure such small treatment units perform well? Some questions that such a way forward raises are:
  1. What innovative technologies are currently being developed or utilized for the eco-friendly disposal and recycling of sanitary waste?
  2. What specific measures should be included in a regulatory regime to ensure the safe and efficient operation of small-scale incinerators?
  3. How can communities and local authorities be involved in monitoring and regulating these incinerators?
Feel free to share examples where the performance of small-scale treatment units has been regulated well.

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