Woman found dead in clothing donation bin

Toronto police say a woman died after she was found trapped inside of this clothing donation box early Tuesday morning

The city has also asked that additional safety signs be posted, cautioning people when they put clothing into the bins.

"We are just sending the letter out and saying there are safety concerns, generally, about donation bins, and if there is any doubt if their bins are safe to be used or not, to cease using them until there has been a proper assessment", Chu said.

He said the designs feature metal bars that create a "pinch point" when activated, often by people trying to get into the boxes.

'Shut them all down, ' Loretta Sundstrom, whose daughter after getting stuck in a bin, told CBC last week.

Chu said there are no enforcement plans to make the organizations comply with the city's request, but he doesn't anticipate any problems.

"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.

Tuesday's incident has sparked wide calls for the removal of the bins and a re-think of their design.

A recent death in West Vancouver reportedly prompted charities to pull their donation bins from streets across the city.

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A woman is dead after she was found unconscious and partially trapped inside a clothing donation bin.

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Firefighters had to cut open the metal box to get the woman out, but despite the best efforts of paramedics to save her she was pronounced dead at the scene, Global News reported.

Advocates for the homeless have been sounding alarms about the bins, going so far as to call them "death traps" for a vulnerable population.

"We don't want to take them and destroy them".

The circumstances surrounding the incident do not appear suspicious and the death is likely accidental, police told CBC video producer Tony Smyth. Once the bag was placed, the person would use the lever again to rotate the device again in the same direction and the bag would fall into the bin.

In Richmond, organizations have been given until Wednesday to remove bins from public property.

Taheri said that, although a completely new design such as the one proposed by his students requires funding and years to complete, he said it's necessary to eventually come up with one, standardized design for all future donation bins. "There should be a standard for these bins".

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