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Founded in 2013, Elemantra Enterprises is a social enterprise based in Hyderabad, the south-central part of India. Elemantra aims to innovate and offer efficient, economical, and sustainable solutions in the fields of sanitation, hygiene, and waste management. We have been focused on menstrual hygiene, menstrual waste management, and the management of other forms of domestic hazardous waste, such as sanitary pads, diapers, face masks, PPE kits, etc., and certain forms of biomedical waste such as bandages, gauze, blood-soaked cotton, maternity pads, and all forms of cotton-based waste material from pathology labs and pharmaceutical R&D centers.
At present, we manufacture incinerators for efficient disposal of used sanitary pads and vending machines for sanitary pads to make hygienic sanitary pads easily accessible to a larger number of women.
Yes. Elemantra’s products come with a registered brand name “SANDI.” SANDI is an acronym for Sanitary Napkin Disposal and also Sanitary Napkin Dispenser.
An incinerator is a device or a machine for destroying waste material by burning it at high temperatures in a very controlled combustion process.
The SANDI brand of incinerators from Elemantra destroy hazardous waste material at temperatures ranging from a minimum of 800°C to a maximum of 1100°C.
SANDI incinerators from Elemantra are designed for destroying hazardous waste materials such as:
a. Sanitary pads
b. Diapers
c. All forms of cotton-based waste from hospitals and labs, such as bandages, gauze, surgical cotton, maternity pads, etc.
d. Cotton-based PPE kits, including face masks
e. Industrial cotton waste

By doing so, we are:
a. Increasing maintenance costs by choking drains
b. Endangering sanitation workers by exposing them to potential infections
c. Endangering stray animals that feed on waste bins
d. Polluting water bodies such as ponds, lakes, and rivers

Materials such as used sanitary pads, diapers, and all forms of blood-soaked cotton material and other materials that contain body fluids need to be destroyed by burning (incineration) at high temperatures of 800°C and above. These waste materials may contain harmful pathogens and bacteria that are completely destroyed only at such high temperatures.
In SANDI incinerators, the burning of hazardous waste happens in a very controlled combustion process. The SANDI incinerators are scientifically designed to retain peak temperatures for at least 3 minutes, and the emissions are treated before being released into the atmosphere.
Putting such material to burn in the open is not an option at all for the following reasons:
a. It will be a violation of the CPCB norms (Central Pollution Control Board) for the disposal of biomedical waste.
b. The temperatures of the burn process are not controlled in such a situation.
c. The atmosphere is polluted with toxic emissions from the burn process.
d. Since the temperature is not controlled, emissions from such an open-burn process may be dangerous for the community.
e. Since the temperature is not monitored, the residual ash may contain harmful pathogens and bacteria that could be dangerous for sanitation workers.
Safety from potential burn injury: The incinerators that are designed for children at a school and non-trained users, such as girls in an educational institution and sanitation workers, have a separate safe pad-dropping hatch. The pad dropping hatch is away from the pad burning area, separated by a flame guard that prevents any accidental burn injuries.
All SANDI incinerators are designed to prevent electrical shocks and electrocution. The control panel has a built-in safety mechanism to prevent such incidents. All SANDI incinerators are fitted with high-end circuit breakers that detect and prevent a user from:
a. Power overload
b. Shocks due to earth/earthing fault
c. Electrocution from earth leakages/faults in the circuit
The SANDI range of incinerators operates on electricity.
SANDI incinerators are tested by NABL accredited Environment Laboratories approved by the MOEF (Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India). SANDI incinerators are tested as per the parameters laid down for single-chamber incinerators for biomedical waste in accordance with guidelines laid down by the CPCB (Central Pollution Control Board), Government of India. All SANDI incinerators are tested for emission levels of:
a. Particulate matter
b. Oxides of Carbon (CO and CO2)
c. Oxides of nitrogen
d. Compounds of chlorine
e. Oxides of Sulphur
f. Dioxins
g. Furans
At the end of the incineration/burn process, the residue is sterile ash. Under laboratory conditions, the sterile ash is less than 1 gram per sanitary pad burnt.

The SANDI incinerator’s capacity depends on the model. Please see the product description on the Products page and/or on Each model has a different load capacity, and all models operate on a “batch” process.

In laboratory test conditions, we have achieved a 96% reduction in the volume of waste destroyed.
Yes, our products can be easily installed by any plumber.
a. Ensure you have a 16-amp power point close to the location where you want the installation.
b. Ensure the electrical wiring of the building has proper efficient “earthing.” This is a must.
c. Ensure there are no water lines running near the installation.
d. Ensure the installation is away from a washbasin and/or water tap.
e. Ensure the installation is as close as possible to a ventilator or window to enable easy installation of the emission outlet.
f. Do not operate the machine with wet hands.
The ideal place for the installation of the indoor model is inside the women’s washroom. Please see the precautions to be taken while installing in a washroom, as mentioned above in the FAQs. The outdoor units are ideally placed in line with the toilets/washrooms on the ground floor outside the building.
Any adult can operate the SANDI incinerator. School children must avoid operating the incinerator if possible. In exceptional circumstances, school children may be allowed to operate under the supervision of an adult only.

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