Richmond city demands removal of 24 donation bins

Woman dies after getting trapped inside Toronto clothing donation bin

Papineau, according to a friend identified only as Victoria, often went to retrieve items from donation bins, which she then distributed to others.

Police officials were called to the scene at 730 Dovercourt Rd. around 1:30am when they witnessed a woman's body partially lodged in a bin. Despite efforts to resuscitate her, she died at the scene.

Canadian Press reported at the time that at least seven people had died in such bins in Canada since 2015.

After the Toronto woman's death early on Tuesday morning, the city said it will investigate whether the bins are safe and if there are better ways to accept donations.

The City of Burnaby is asking all not-for- profit companies in the city to remove their clothing donation bins after several fatalities, including one in West Vancouver just over a week ago.

For people who manage to get completely inside of the bins, Taheri suggested an automatic unlocking mechanism that would only open from the inside and allow the trapped person to exit.

Tuesday's incident has sparked wide calls for the removal of the bins and a re-think of their design. Instead, they ruled the incident a case of misadventure.

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Following the man's death, the District of West Vancouver announced that it had closed donation bins and is "looking into options for removing them or using bins that are more secure".

The death, which police believe was unintentional, follows a string of similar fatal accidents. Being held upside down for long periods can also be fatal in itself; the victim can asphyxiate from the pressure of their organs weighing down on their lungs, or they can suffer a stroke as blood pools in their head.

The engineering professor said thousands of people, including those who try to get inside of the bins, depend on the donations collected there.

Back in November 2018, a 32-year-old man was discovered in a similar position in Cambridge, Ontario.

Agro said Rangeview is advising charities to remove those bars for the time being until safer designs can be developed and built.

That's why one engineer has formed an emergency taskforce at the University of British Columbia's Okanagan campus with the aim of retrofitting the existing donation bins to make them safer.

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