Published: Fri, January 11, 2019
Global Media | By Garry Long

Burnaby requesting removal of donation bins following West Van death

Burnaby requesting removal of donation bins following West Van death

Two similar incidents were reported in Vancouver a year ago.

A woman who died after being found without vital signs partially inside a Toronto clothing donation bin was remembered by friends as a bubbly person who struggled with homelessness and addiction.

Toronto Police told Daily Hive the woman was extracted from the bin but she was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The openings of the bins are created to close after the donation has been placed inside the bin, but they can be deadly if someone positions themselves part way in the opening to reach in and grab clothes and the mechanism traps them.

"She was a lovely human being", O'Connell said.

Five people in the province have died due to donation-bin injuries in the past four years.

"They get stuck there".

Taheri explained that people use force to push off from the ground to crawl inside of the bin's opening, but as they go deeper inside, it becomes more hard for them to get back out because they have nothing to hold onto while trying to push themselves back out.

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Police spoke to media following the incident, asserting they did not know how the woman came to be trapped in the bin, but ruled out any potential foul play.

The spate of deaths have lead to advocates in Canada labelling the bins "death traps".

Some municipalities in the Lower Mainland are removing the bins or securing them in order to prevent further deaths. She said something must be done about the bins' safety risk.

In a letter to the city's licensing committee, which was reviewing the donation bin bylaw, Tory asked the committee to include safety as part of that review and to speed up the process. He also said the bins have created hundreds of jobs across Canada. "But on private property we don't know whether they are unattended". "Obviously, there's a goal for them in society", he said.

Burnaby and Surrey do not allow donation bins on public land.

Speaking to CTV News Toronto via phone, a representative from Rangeview Fabricating Inc., the company that makes the bins, said that they have stopped making the model after last week's incident in B.C.

At the University of British Columbia, an engineering professor is asking his students to try to develop a prototype.

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