Woman dies after getting trapped inside Toronto clothing donation bin

Erika Holt
January 9, 2019

The boxes have been called "death traps" after seven Canadians died after getting trapped in the bins since 2015, the Canadian Press reports.

"To advised them of the city's concern about the safety of the bins and asked them to undertake a review and take appropriate measures, including removing the bins from private property, as required", he explains.

A number of organizations have donation bins set up at the Eco-Centre on Still Creek Drive - which are behind fences and staffed - and there will now be extra monitoring. They said they're investigating it as a death by misadventure.

"We are continuing to allow those bins because that site is fully staffed and after hours they are locked up and secure", he said, adding that the city bins are the "mailbox" style and considered a bit safer.

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A woman found stuck partially inside a clothing donation bin was pronounced dead Tuesday, Toronto Police said.

On Dec. 30th, a 34-year-old Vancouver man was found dead after becoming stuck in the opening of an Inclusion BC bin in West Vancouver. There have also been deaths across the USA and around the world.

On Monday, Diabetes Canada announced it will immediately begin retrofitting its 4,000 donation bins across the country to prevent such deaths.

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

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