Richmond city demands removal of 24 donation bins

Cheryl Sanders
January 9, 2019

Ray Taheri, an engineering professor at the University of British Columbia's Okanagan campus, said homeless people or those in need will often to try to pull themselves inside of the bins to reach the contents inside or to shelter themselves for warmth.

"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. He estimates it would cost almost $1 million to remove the approximately 2,000 donation bins in B.C. alone.

Chu says letters have also been sent to companies with bins on private property.

Since 2015, there have been at least eight deaths involving the bins across the country.

Just last month, a 34-year-old West Vancouver man lost his life after getting stuck in a donation bin. All bins in West Vancouver were removed following the December incident. Sidhu said such deaths are especially horrific. "That would be painful, and it would not be quick".

Toronto Mayor John Tory put it to city officials to formally review whether the donation boxes are safe.

Inclusion BC said they have already started removing 146 of their bins located across the province.

The safety of the boxes, which are created to make it hard for people to access the inside.

Jeremy Hunka of Union Gospel Mission in Vancouver said homeless people often turn to the bins for clothing items or shelter without being aware of how risky they can be.

"It's unthinkable, and it's time to deal with this problem", he said. Once again, the man was found lodged in the charity donation bin and was pronounced dead at the scene.

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.

Agro said Rangeview, which produces roughly 1,000 donation bins of varying styles each year, is actively working on new designs for future products. We all really got along.

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