The City of Vancouver says clothing donation bins will soon be back on the street — provided they meet safety criteria.
The announcement comes after city council approved a new set of safety rules, developed in the wake of multiple deaths associated with the bins.
Under the new regulations, bins will only be allowed on city property if their operator has a business licence and written safety certification from a B.C.-accredited professional engineer.
Operators must also ensure the bins are kept tidy and ensure their safe operation through regular maintenance.
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The city said it will also be identifying locations suitable for bins through an upcoming program.
More information about the city’s bin program can be found here.
Vancouver asked clothing donation bin operators to begin removing the bins from city property when a homeless woman died after climbing into a bin outside the West Point Grey Community Centre in July, 2018.
The December fatality kicked off a wave of concern about donation bin safety, and led to multiple cities and organizations removing them in order to reassess their design.