Woman dies after becoming stuck inside clothing bin, police say

A woman was found unconscious in a clothing donation bin at Bloor Street and Dovercourt Road on Jan. 8 2019. CITYNEWS

A woman was found unconscious in a clothing donation bin at Bloor Street and Dovercourt Road on Jan. 8 2019. CITYNEWS

"If people try to climb in our staff will stop them". "If someone is going to go into your bin and take your product, that's going to have to be how it is for now".

The bins are created to close after donations are placed inside, so as to protect against theft. The centre also has "mailbox-style" bins, which are considered safer.

The emergency services then made efforts to resuscitate the woman but were unsuccessful and she was pronounced dead at the scene.

A woman who died after being found without vital signs partially inside a Toronto clothing donation bin was remembered by friends as a bubbly person who struggled with homelessness and addiction.

Toronto Mayor John Tory put it to city officials to formally review whether the donation boxes are safe.

'They're set up in a way to make it hard to have access to the box, to the inside of the box, but obviously not safe enough'.

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Last month, a man in West Vancouver died after he became trapped inside a donation bin.

The bins need to be removed within 24 hours or, if not logistically possible, they must be locked until they can be removed, according to city spokesperson Ted Townsend.

Jeremy Hunka of Union Gospel Mission in Vancouver said homeless people often turn to the bins for clothing items or shelter without being aware of how unsafe they can be. "Too many of our guests who would otherwise have a shot at turning their lives around are dying a disgusting death inside or hanging out of a bin". Once again, the man was found lodged in the charity donation bin and was pronounced dead at the scene.

In total, five deaths have been reported in British Columbia over the last four years.

Taheri said that, although a completely new design such as the one proposed by his students requires funding and years to complete, he said it's necessary to eventually come up with one, standardized design for all future donation bins.

Agro said there are broader systemic problems contributing to the string of recent deaths, but said manufacturers and charities must do their part to limit harm. We all really got along.

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