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Woman dies after getting trapped inside clothing donation bin in Toronto

Woman dies after getting trapped inside clothing donation bin in Toronto

The box on Dovercourt Road was operated by B'nai Brith Canada, which issued a statement late Tuesday morning saying it runs a donation program that provides "lightly used" clothing to people in need.

The hatches on the bins are created to keep thieves out, but they can also trap people climbing inside. City Manager Lambert Chu said it's only until a safer option can be provided.

These tragic deaths have spurred at least one engineer to look at how people are becoming trapped in the bins and how this can be prevented.

A Toronto woman died Tuesday morning after she became trapped in a Salvation Army donation bin, marking her the eighth Canadian death from the freakish cause since 2015.

In B.C., the municipality of West Vancouver and the non-profit organization Inclusion BC have planned to shut down donation bins while they seek a safer alternative. Sidhu said such deaths are especially horrific.

Meanwhile, the city of Burnaby - east of Vancouver - has asked all not-for-profit companies in the city to remove their bins located on private property, the Vancouver Sun reports.

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Meantime, Toronto is conducting a review of the steel boxes after the recent death of a woman who became trapped.

The safety of the boxes, which are created to make it hard for people to access the inside.

Jeremy Hunka of the Union Gospel Mission in Vancouver said homeless people often turn to the bins for clothing 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 frightful death inside or hanging out of a bin". Diabetes Canada announced the move last week and said 240 bins have already been adapted in Ontario alone.

Police said they believed the woman's death does not appear suspicious and was likely accidental.

Agro said Rangeview, which produces roughly 1,000 donation bins of varying styles each year, is actively working on new designs for future products.

Loretta Sundstrom, whose 45-year-old daughter died in 2015 after getting stuck in a bin, told CBC Radio's World Report last week that she cried at news of the man's death in West Vancouver.