A non-profit association on the Sunshine Coast warns that the benefits of garbage collection bins should not be forgotten in the move to ban devices for safety reasons.
Glen McClughan is the executive director of the Sunshine Coast Association for Community Living, a group that works with people with intellectual disabilities.
Like many other organizations across Canada, he pulled the three donation bins out of his organization this week after hearing about a death in a ferry in West Vancouver and another in Toronto.
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"I was just thinking, well, you know, prevention is better than cure. I did not want this to happen under my watch, "he said.
But McClughan hopes he can quickly find a medium term, because for organizations like his, bins are an essential source of income.
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For his group, garbage cans have raised about $ 15,000 a year, enough to rent a van and create two jobs for people with disabilities who collect donations and drive them to Vancouver, where they are sold to Value Village.
He also generated additional revenue to improve the lives of his group's clients.
"Provide a trip for someone or buy a piece of furniture or appliances," he said, describing the destination of these revenues.
While bins are a definite benefit to many Canadian charities, critics argue that they must stay on the street until groups can be certain they will not claim more lives.
Loretta Sundstrom, whose daughter died in a Pitt Meadows donation fund in 2015, has been advocating for this change for years.
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"I think what they should be doing, is getting rid of these bins," she told Global News. "If you need something, re-design it. Make it safe and accessible for everyone. "
On Wednesday, the city of Richmond became the latest in a parade of municipalities and organizations to pull the bins.
"We are asking the owners of these bins to remove them in the next 24 hours. And if they can not do that, then lock the bins until they can be removed, "said city spokesman Ted Townsend.
On the Sunshine Coast, the McClughan Group is still collecting donations at its headquarters.
But McClughan said hoping that the conversation around the bins is moving toward the root causes of what would make someone climb into one of them in the first place.
"What's driving people to try to get into the bins?", He asked.
"This should stimulate a conversation about homelessness, affordable housing, addiction. Just removing the bins does not make it all disappear.
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