The Hush Post: Improper disposal of condoms can be a nuisance and an environmental hazard. To raise awareness on the issue, law students in Pune under the banner ‘Lawyers for Earth Justice’ have filed a petition in National Green Tribunal (NGT) court demanding proper disposal of condoms in the country. Spreading awareness on the issue through media, they said that condom is a non-degradable waste. “We see that people dispose of condoms like any other garbage. That is why it gets mixed with biodegradable waste whereas it itself is non-biodegradable. Hence while disposing it in improper manner it is not only inviting the pollution but also creating a scope for several diseases,” said one of the students.
Talking to the media, a student who belongs to ‘Lawyers for Earth Justice’ said, “The dignity of the ragpickers as well as the segregators is affected because they have to manually handle the used condom waste. This is socially and environmentally not correct. This also creates unhealthy conditions of work for them.”
In the petition filed in the NGT court, students have demanded a proper set of rules for disposal of condoms. They also sought inclusion of a note on condom packet to mention dangers of its reckless disposal.
One of the advocates Asim Sarode said, “Used condom should be treated as a different kind of garbage and it should be categorised, though condom is included in sanitary waste”.