Pune: A woman`s most private item of personal hygiene, the sanitary pad, is at the centre of a raging open controversy in Pune, Maharshtra`s cultural and academic capital, for the past few months.The city`s female population generates an estimated 10 million used sanitary pads weighing around 140 tonnes, per month, posing a major challenge to dispose them of safely without causing health or eco-hazards. Conservancy staff of Pune is now up in arms and are protesting against handling and disposing of sanitary pads and even baby or adult diapers which are thrown into trash bins.For the first time in India, the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has demanded that sanitary pad manufacturers must include an identifiable disposal bag with each sanitary pad to eliminate environmental and health hazards arising out of its disposal.Joint Municipal Commissioner Suresh Jagtap said that in January, Mayor Vaishali Bankar and Municipal Commissioner Mahesh Pathak had invited some of the companies for a meeting to hammer out a solution. But no company representative turned up.A non-government organisation - Solid Waste Collection and Management (SWaCH) - decided to take some direct action.
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