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City approves return of safe donation bins to Vancouver

Last Updated Oct 2, 2019 at 11:29 am PDT

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Clothing donation bins were banned around the Lower Mainland earlier this year after multiple deaths

Vancouver is approving the reinstatement of the donation bins provided they meet a set of safety and regulatory guidelin

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) –¬†Clothing donations bins are being allowed back into Vancouver, with some conditions.

The bins were banned in Vancouver and some other local municipalities after a number of deaths caused by people getting stuck inside. Now, Vancouver city council has set some criteria to ensure they don’t pose any risks.

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That includes requiring operators to have a business licence and written certification from a professional engineer stating the construction, design and operation of the donation bin is safe.

They also have to ensure they are kept tidy and safe through regularly scheduled maintenance.