By: Pune Pulse
July 17, 2023
Pune: The Pune Municipal Corporation’s Solid Waste Management (SWM) Department is going to be India’s first municipal body to start an integrated sanitary waste processing unit in Pune.
Speaking to Pune Pulse, Rajendra Tidke, Joint Engineer, PMC Solid Waste Management said, “The processing unit has been funded entirely by a company called Procter & Gamble at Rochem Separations Systems Pvt Ltd at Hadapsar on the allotted land to the PMC. Because of the increasing issue of sanitary waste disposal in India, the PMC has decided to start this unit.”
Tidke further informed that the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) has requested the PMC to contact the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) to make the plant operational. The endorsement will be given by CPCB after the evaluation of the plant. The machinery & other resources have been made for the processing unit and it is sourced from Italy. The capacity of the processing unit is going to be around 4 to 4.5 metric tonnes of sanitary waste every day.
The trial run for this pilot project will begin next week. The PMC prioritized sanitary waste management for the city because of the increasing availability, use, and waste load of non-biodegradable menstrual products and the absence of appropriate disposal systems.