Web poll: Given the number of deaths, should cities ban clothing donation bins?

Burnaby and West Vancouver have already banned donation bins.

  • Jan. 9, 2019 1:30 p.m.

Anita Hauck died after being trapped while trying to get clothes out of a donation bin in Pitt Meadows in 2015. (THE NEWS/files)

Richmond has become the third city in B.C. to crack down on clothing donation bins, citing safety concerns after multiple people died getting stuck in them.

The city issued a “temporary removal” order Tuesday to all five organizations with bins in the city.

Burnaby and West Vancouver have already banned donation bins after a man died in a West Vancouver bin last week and a woman died in one in Toronto on Tuesday.

Inclusion B.C. also announced plans to pull 146 clothing donation containers from sites around the province.

Eight people have died involving donation bins in Canada since 2015, in including a woman in Pitt Meadows, and a major Canadian manufacturer has announced it would stop making the bins until they sorted out the safety concerns.

Anita Hauck, the homeless woman whom Anita Place Tent City was named for, died after being trapped while trying to get clothes out of a donation bin in Pitt Meadows in 2015.


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