Woman dies after getting trapped in Toronto clothing donation bin

Posted January 11, 2019

Last week, the body of a 34-year-old man was discovered inside a donation bin in West Vancouver.

The death of a 34-year-old man found lodged in a clothing donation box in West Vancouver on December 30 has resulted in the removal of donation boxes across British Columbia.

She was pronounced dead at the scene, officials said.

Residents said the donation box the woman was trapped in was a relatively new addition to the neighbourhood.

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

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.

Five people in the province have died due to donation-bin injuries in the past four years. Or they can get them help.

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

Ever since, Canada has not managed to go more than a few months without someone being fatally injured by a clothing bin, with countless more instances of people having to be rescued.

Toronto's mayor, John Tory, said he'd sent a letter to the city's general government and licensing committee to investigate certain aspects of the bins to determine whether they're the best way to collect donated clothing.

The Toronto woman's death isn't the first of its kind in Canada.

How to prevent future deaths?

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.

At an emergency meeting held last Thursday, Inclusion BC and its member agencies made a decision to remove 146 bins that are located in Greater Vancouver, the Fraser Valley, Sunshine Coast, the Interior and on Vancouver Island.

Removing the bins, like many municipalities have done, is not a solution either, said Zhao.

A Global News camera operator spotted someone climbing into a donation bin on Kensington Avenue just before 8 a.m. Tuesday.

Although the Canadian incidents have all been remarkably similar, bins can also kill by other means.

"We don't want to take them and destroy them". 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.