Manufacturers of sanitary napkins and diapers in India will have to provide a pouch or wrapper for disposal along with the packets of their sanitary products.
The government made this provision mandatory for manufacturers of sanitary products under its new solid waste management rules, released by the Union environment and forests minister Prakash Javadekar on Tuesday.
The provision is made under the new rule keeping the concerns of rag-pickers or waste collectors in mind. Under the rules, the manufacturers are also advised to educate the masses for wrapping and disposal of their products using the pouch.
The new rules have also empowered the local municipal bodies to levy 'user fee' on bulk garbage generators including resident welfare and market associations, group housing societies, hotels, restaurants and event management companies among others.
The civic bodies, which will implement the rules within their respective jurisdictions, will also be free to impose 'spot fine' for littering and non-segregation of waste (into bio-degradable or non-biodegradable) at source.