Wednesday 30 October 2013

Author(s): Sushmita Sengupta

Kicking up a stink

Waste pickers in Pune force corporates and the municipality to address safe disposal of sanitary napkins

Kicking up a stink

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  • i wanted to know whether this

    i wanted to know whether this outlet for methane gas wouldn't cause any harm to the environment? They should also innovate some ideas for its storage or any technique to prevent from being exposed to the open space.

    Posted by: Anonymous | 2 years ago | Reply
  • This is wonderful news which

    This is wonderful news which came across today. I am extremely happy to read this article. I think these efforts needs to be highly appriciated as being a scientist we are dealing with all kinds of pathogens which are spreading due to very poor hygiene. This would definately provide awareness among people about importance of good hygiene. Indian railways needs to be congratulated for there efforts. Good job done by the officers in-charge.

    Posted by: Anonymous | 2 years ago | Reply
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    Posted by: Anonymous | 11 months ago | Reply
  • This is like the septic tank

    This is like the septic tank that we have in our homes/apartment in a modular form. As an Environmental Engineer, I have a few points to raise. 1. Methane and Carbon-di oxide are most dangerous gases for climate change, further methane is an ignitable gas that is it can catch fire. 2. There is a serious concern about its efficiency under extreme material loading and can even generate odorous gases, if full path of degradation is not complete. And as mentioned by the Railway engineers, there is a huge problem in retrofitting, it not on war-footing by specialized workers, may lead to shortage of train cars. In my opinion, why IR did not think of a simpler and economically viable solution: fit a simple tank under each toilet on train, take the waste out in a station, where the train stops for cleaning or at a major station, transport the waste to a small bio-gas plant attached the station. Generate electricity and manure, and in the process reduce the amount of methane emission too.

    Posted by: Anonymous | 6 months ago | Reply
  • Of course Methane is a

    Of course Methane is a greenhouse gas and the prime reason for global warming. But the amount of Methane from toilet waste will be negligible compared to the the methane from fossil fuels and Livestock. Together they contribute to 60% of all human made methane emissions.

    Posted by: Anonymous | 6 months ago | Reply
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