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Majority of clothing donation bins in Vancouver already removed

City requested operators remove bins from street right-of-way in response to safety concerns

January 3 2019 –

Following the death of a woman in July 2018 who became trapped in a clothing donation bin, the City of Vancouver reached out to all donation bin operators in Vancouver and determined that the public safety risk could not be adequately mitigated. As a result, the City asked all operators to remove donation bins from street right-of-ways (SROW) by November 30, 2018.

To date, of the over 100 bins previously located on SROW, about 90% have been removed. Any remaining bins will be removed in early 2019.

Bins on Park Board and School Board property

At the request of the Vancouver Park Board, bin operators have also removed bins at West Point Grey Community Centre, Kensington Community Centre, Vancouver Aquatic Centre, and from inside all Park Board facilities. The Vancouver School Board has also ordered removal of bins that fall on school board property. Donation bins on private property will be reviewed in early 2019.

Alternative solutions for donations

Donation bins continue to be located in supervised areas of our Zero Waste Centre and Landfill Residential Drop-off Area. We recognize the value used clothing donations provide to those in need and to local charities.

The following alternative options are available to donate used clothing:

  1. Our new Zero Waste Centre located at 8588 Yukon Street
    View hours of operation

  2. Vancouver Landfill and Recycling Depot located at 5400 72nd Street in Delta
    View hours of operation

Both locations listed above are supervised and accessible to the public only during open hours

  1. Zero Waste Drop-off events hosted by the City and held throughout the year to collect used clothing and other materials
  2. Donations can also be made by dropping off clothing at thrift and consignment stores, homeless shelters, as well as by calling charities that provide home pick-ups

For a complete list of options of where you can drop off used clothing, search for "clothing" in the VanCollect mobile app or on our Waste Wizard tool.

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