GreenDispo for disposal of menstrual waste launched

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 13 Jun 2018 10:39:39


Staff Reporter,

‘GreenDispo’ an eco-friendly incinerator for menstrual waste was launched during a programme held at CSIR-NEERI, here. ARCI Hyderabad, CSIR-NEERI and SOWBAL Aerothermics have jointly developed the sanitary pad incinerator, which incinerates used napkins efficiently at more than 800 degree centigrade temperature needed for safe disposal of such materials. The device is a unique combination of ceramic processing and shaping expertise of ARCI, Hyderabad and innovative energy efficient design and manufacturing capability of M/s Sowbal Aerothermics and Environmental engineering and gas emission control expertise of CSIR-NEERI. The device was formally launched by ARCI Director Dr G Padmanabham and Director CSIR-NEERI Dr Rakesh Kumar in presence of representatives from NGOs, VNIT, NMC and several other organizations, at CSIR-NEERI.

Dr Rakesh Kumar, Director, CSIR NEERI said, more than 400 millions sanitary napkins are estimated to be disposed of every month in the country and it will increase substantially in the years to come. Inappropriate handling of this waste has already become a challenge as the used napkin grow harmful pathogens causing serious health and environmental hazards. He also told that, blockage of the drainage paths due to the disposed napkins is also an important issue. Dr Rakesh Kumar also emphasized the importance of Government agencies as well as scientific communities to evolve strategies that utilise their scientific skills not only to improve the manufacturing of environment friendly sanitary pads as well as innovative devices for their safe handling and disposal.

Dr G Padmanabham, Director, ARCI told that the core competence of ARCI in shaping of ceramic materials was effectively used to channelise the heat using specially designed ceramic holders. Concentration of heat to the pads not only provides reduced ignition time, higher peak temperature, increased life expectancy of the heater element but also reduces power consumption. Dr Padmanabham expressed keen interest in collaborating with NEERI in areas of development of materials for energy and environmental technologies.

VVS Rao from Sowbal Aerothermics told that GreenDispo is available with a power rating of 800Watts and 1000 Watts and a unit size of about 2 -3 Cubic feet volume. GreenDispo, is a very efficient batch type incinerator, suitable for use in rural and urban schools, colleges, hostels, offices and public/community places. He also told that ‘GreenDispo’ prototypes are tested at CSIR-NEERI, Nagpur for their emissions and the reliability through field trials. He also told that the device will be marketed in the country by M/s Girl Care.

Dr Roy Johnson, Associate Director ARCI, Dr Nitin Labhsetwar, Scientist and Head of Energy and Resource Management, NEERI made presentations on various scientific and innovative approaches on the development on ‘GreenDispo’. Dr Labhsetwar also mentioned that in future, more improved models of this product will be developed with different capacity of waste processing.  Dr Y S Rao, ARCI and Er. Ankit Gupta, NEERI Scientist along with M/s Sowbal Aerothermics demonstrated the functioning of the GreenDispo.