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Salvation Army to add warning labels to clothing donation bins following deaths

A Salvation Army sign is seen in Nacogdoches, Texas on Nov. 23, 2012. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, The Daily Sentinel, Andrew D. Brosig)
Summary

They will remain open but the Salvation Army is taking steps to warn people about the dangers of donation bins

The organization will be adding cautionary advisories on its bins across Canada

This follows the deaths of a man in West Vancouer and a woman in Toronto earlier this week

RICHMOND (NEWS 1130) – As efforts continue across Metro Vancouver to prevent another death caused by clothing donation bins, the Salvation Army is now adding warning labels to its bins.

This follows the death of a 34-year-old man who was found unconscious while trapped in the opening of a donation bin in West Vancouver. A few days later a woman in Toronto also died in a similar incident.

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“We hope that these labels, and the discussions taking place in the public sphere and with our partners, help raise awareness around the proper use of donation bins,” said Ted Troughton with the Salvation Army Thrift Store in a release.  “Today we have over 100 locations with dedicated in-store Donor Welcome Centres that are open seven days a week, which we encourage our communities to visit for a great donating experience,” he said.

Meanwhile, the City of Richmond is following the steps of Vancouver, Burnaby and West Vancouver by removing donation bins. However, the city says it will be leaving behind bins that meet safety standards.

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“Some of those bins will be able to stay in place, as well some of the operators have indicated they plan to replace bins that don’t meet our safety criteria with ones that do,” said Ted Townsend with the city who calls this a work in progress.

He said only those with an opening small enough will be allowed to remain in use.

-With files Lya Fichmann