Woman dies after getting trapped inside clothes donation box in Toronto

Woman dies after getting trapped inside Toronto clothing donation bin

Woman dies after getting trapped inside Toronto clothing donation bin

British Columbia has seen five people die over the last four years after being trapped in donation bins.

There have also been deaths from donation bins in Alberta and Ontario in the last two years.

Chu said the city doesn't allow donation bins on city property, except for the ones at the Eco-Centre recycling depot on Still Creek Avenue.

If it's not feasible for an organization to remove their bins within the time frame, Townsend says they're asked to put locks on the containers. The bin's hatches, created to keep thieves out, can also trap people climbing inside.

The City of Vancouver says most bins have already been removed in that municipality, and West Vancouver has sealed off all bins since the death of a man on New Year's Eve.

Last week, the District of West Vancouver said donation bins in the area would be temporarily closed following the December 30 death of a 34-year-old man who became trapped partially inside one, according to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. There have also been deaths across the USA and around the world.

A homeless advocate said that homeless people often try to get items out of the bins or use them for shelter in cold weather without realizing the safety risks. "Too many of our guests who would otherwise have a shot at turning their lives around are dying a disgusting death inside or hanging out of a bin".

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