Woman dies after she was found trapped in donation box in Toronto

British Columbia has seen five people die over the last four years after being trapped in donation bins.

Residents living in the area told Canadian TV station CP24that it is not unusual for women from local homeless shelters to attempt to grab things from the charity donation bins. The bin's hatches, created to keep thieves out, can also trap people climbing inside.

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

The municipality of West Vancouver has already sealed a number of bins as they look for safer alternatives to the containers.

The box has since been removed by the owner, who is legally required to do so since it had been tampered with.

He adds there has been a bylaw in place for about two years which allows the city to ask for quick removal. They said they're investigating it as a death by misadventure.

"We'll keep them off of public property until such time as safety modifications can be made to ensure that we don't have the type of situations that have happened elsewhere".

Last week, the District of West Vancouver said donation bins in the area would be temporarily closed following the December 30 death of a 34-year-old man who became trapped partially inside one, according to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

  • Rogelio Becker