On Tuesday, a Toronto woman died after getting stuck inside a bin, while a 34-year-old Vancouver man died December 30, just before the new year, after becoming trapped in a Community Living Society bin in Ambleside Park in West Vancouver. The donation box is located behind an apartment building. Firefighters had to free the woman, who was found partially stuck inside the bin. The design allows for items that are placed inside the tilting drawer to be dropped inside the bin.
Police said her death is not suspicious and they are investigating the incident as a death by misadventure.
Canadian Press reported at the time that at least seven people had died in such bins in Canada since 2015.
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.
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"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.
One woman said: "Someone could have just been trying to get some clothes or even trying to get warm". Despite the efforts of emergency services, he was also pronounced dead at the scene.
Five people have died in British Columbia in the past four years in similar incidents. Police say she appears to have died after a medical episode, so the exact cause of death is not yet known.