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Majority of British Columbians support ban on clothing donation bins

FILE: A clothing donation bin in Nanaimo. A man died after being trapped in one of these bins belonging to Inclusion B.C. in West Vancouver. (Source: Inclusion B.C., Twitter)
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A new poll finds 70 per cent of British Columbians surveyed support a ban on clothing donation bins

Research C. says, 71 per cent of British Columbians say they think charities should not use bins

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Just two weeks after a man was found dead in a clothing donation bin in West Vancouver, we’re finding out most British Columbians surveyed would support banning the containers altogether.

According to Research Co., 70 per cent people living in this province polled support banning donation bins in their municipalities.

“All demographic groups in British Columbia are voicing support for the elimination of clothing donation bins,” Mario Canseco, who is the President of Research Co., says in a release.

The women he is referring to — aged 55 and older — are the most likely to have used one of the containers to donate clothes over the past year.

Several deaths related to the steel containers have been reported since 2015 across the country.

Most British Columbians, or about 71 per cent, say they think charities should find other ways to collect clothes.

“It is important to note that majorities of the heaviest current users of these containers—women and residents aged 55 and over—say they are willing to travel to a specific venue to make their donations.”

Some organizations have recently opted to remove their donation bins from use, while some municipalities have also pushed for the same thing.