Toronto woman dies after being found partially inside a clothing donation bin

Marsha Scott
January 9, 2019

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

A number of organizations have donation bins set up at the Eco-Centre on Still Creek Drive - which are behind fences and staffed - and there will now be extra monitoring.

Jeremy Hunka of Union Gospel Mission in Vancouver said the numerous deaths, five of which took place in B.C., are unacceptable.

"We have asked staff to put additional monitoring of the bins and make sure they're not accessed illegally, and also causing safety concern to people using the bins", Lambert Chu, Burnaby's city manager, tells NEWS 1130.

A woman has died after she was found lodged in a clothing donation box in Toronto early Tuesday morning.

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The municipality of West Vancouver has already sealed a number of bins as they look for safer alternatives to the containers. There have also been deaths across the US and around the world.

"It's unthinkable, and it's time to deal with this problem", he said.

At least one charity said it's actively working to retrofit its donation bins to address the problem.

On Monday, Diabetes Canada announced it will immediately begin retrofitting its 4,000 donation bins across the country to prevent such deaths.

Her death comes on the heels of a similar incident in British Columbia in which a 34-year-old man got stuck in the opening of a bin in West Vancouver.

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