WEST VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — Non-profit group Inclusion B.C. is pulling 146 clothing donation bins from use across the province after a man died after being trapped in one belonging to them this week.
A 34-year-old man died after being found unconscious inside a donation bin in West Vancouver on Sunday, with the group saying the bin belonged to them. After an emergency meeting today, Inclusion B.C. decided to put the bins into storage until they can make safety modifications.
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The group says they have been working on creating safer bin designs meant to deter people from climbing inside them, but they’re only in the prototype stage.
“We will continue to work with our bin manufacturer, municipal authorities, design experts and community partners to formalize and promote the adoption of industry-wide safety standards to keep our communities safe,” reads a statement from the group. “These are just initial steps towards ensuring public safety while we continue working with our partners, communities and other charities that rely on this fundraising model to find satisfactory solution to broader and complex issues.”
Inclusion B.C. says they will continue to take donations at indoor and monitored collections sites until they can fix safety issues with the bins.
The District of West Vancouver has decided to shut down all donation bins following the death until they can replace them with a “more secure option.”
There have been at least seven Canadians to die after being stuck inside a donation bin.
– With files from the Canadian Press, Estefania Duran, Taran Parmar