Ninety per cent of donation bins have been faraway from road right-of-ways, in response to the Metropolis of Vancouver.

The town requested operators to take away their bins by Nov. 30, 2018 on account of security issues after a 39-year-old lady grew to become trapped and died in a single outdoors West Level Gray Group Centre final July.


Security issues had been highlighted once more Dec. 30 after a 34-year-old man died when he was trapped in a donation bin in West Vancouver. Because of the incident, West Vancouver has since quickly sealed all donation bins in that municipality.

In a Jan. 3 “info bulletin,” the Metropolis of Vancouver indicated that about 90 per cent of the greater than 100 donation bins that had been beforehand situated on road right-of-ways have been eliminated and any remaining ones will probably be eliminated in early 2019.

Bin operators have additionally eliminated bins at West Level Gray Group Centre, Kensington Group Centre, Vancouver Aquatic Centre, and from inside all park board amenities on the request of the Vancouver Park Board.

The Vancouver Faculty Board has additionally ordered elimination of bins situated on faculty board property. Donation bins on non-public property will probably be reviewed in early 2019.

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Donation bins proceed to be situated in supervised areas of the Metropolis’s Zero Waste Centre and Landfill Residential Drop-off Space.

“The Metropolis acknowledges the worth used clothes donations present to these in want and to native charities,” the bulletin states.

Jeremy Hunka, a spokesperson for Union Gospel Mission, instructed the Courier he wasn’t conscious bins had been being faraway from road right-of-ways in Vancouver, however he referred to as the choice a “constructive” step.

Hunka maintains all of them ought to be voluntarily taken out of service till they are often retrofitted so they do not current a security hazard. He says it isn’t only a metropolis or Metro Vancouver situation, however a nationwide one the place pressing motion is required as a result of it is a case of when not if another person dies.

He stated it is “mindboggling” that it is taken this lengthy for the issue to be addressed, whereas including he isn’t pushing for donation bins to be banned completely — simply taken out of service till “we all know they don’t seem to be going to kill anybody.”

Ray Taheri, a professor within the faculty of engineering at UBC’s Okanagan campus, and his college students are at the moment engaged on methods to retrofit the bins.

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Hunka, in the meantime, want to know what number of at the moment exist on non-public property in Vancouver and what the upcoming assessment entails.

In a press launch issued late Thursday afternoon, Inclusion BC introduced the group and its member businesses would take away 146 donation bins in Better Vancouver, the Fraser Valley, the Sunshine Coast, the Inside of B.C. and Central and North Vancouver. The method has already began and all of the bins are anticipated to be passed by early subsequent week. They are going to be put in storage till security modifications may be made.

Inclusion BC will settle for clothes donations at indoor and monitored assortment websites till questions of safety are resolved.

“Inclusion BC was deeply saddened to study of the loss of life of a person in one among our clothes donation bins in West Vancouver. Our deepest condolences exit to all who’ve been touched by this tragic occasion,” the discharge states.

“Security is a high property for Inclusion BC and our member businesses that take part within the ClothesDrop recycling program.”


Drop-off alternate options: 

— Metropolis of Vancouver Zero Waste Centre, 8588 Yukon St.

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Hours of operation

Monday to Saturday: eight a.m. to six p.m.

Sunday: 9 a.m. to six p.m.

All different statutory holidays except in any other case said: 9 a.m. to four p.m.

— Metropolis of Vancouver’s landfill and recycling depot, 5400 72nd Ave. in Delta

Hours of operation

Monday to Friday: 7:30 a.m. to six p.m.

Saturday and Sunday: eight a.m. to six p.m.

All different statutory holidays except in any other case famous: eight a.m. to six p.m.

* closed on Christmas and New Yr’s Day

Each places listed above are supervised and accessible to the general public solely throughout open hours.

— Zero Waste Drop-off occasions hosted by the Metropolis and held all year long to gather used clothes and different supplies.

— Donations can be made by dropping of clothes at thrift and consignment shops, homeless shelters in addition to by calling charities that present residence pick-ups.

For a whole listing of choices of the place you possibly can drop off used clothes, seek for “clothes” within the VanCollect cellular app or on the Metropolis’s Waste Wizard web site.

To search out a corporation that gives free clothes, click on on this listing and map of clothes suppliers.



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