Richmond orders removal of unsafe donation bins
09 January 2019
The City of Richmond has ordered removal or locking of unsafe donation bins located on public property, until safety issues can be addressed.
The move follows recent fatalities connected to donation bins in West Vancouver and Toronto.
The order was issued Tuesday and bin operators had 24 hours to remove the bins. If operators are unable to remove the bins by today’s deadline, the bins are to be locked or made safe until they can be removed at the soonest opportunity.
The City manages the placement and maintenance of donation bins on public property through donation Bin Regulation Bylaw No. 9502: www.richmond.ca/__shared/assets/BL_950244726.pdf
Only registered charities are allowed to place donations bins on public property and a permit is required. The bylaw sets standards for size and maintenance of the donation bins and provides the City with authority to have bins removed within 24 hours for safety or other reasons.
The bins to be removed have a donation slot configuration that is deemed to be unsafe due to the possibility of people trying to access the interior of the bin becoming trapped. The City has advised organizations that this donation slot configuration will not be allowed in the future, and any future permit applications will require a configuration that addresses this safety concern.
Donation bins determined to have safe configuration will still be permitted. This includes bins which have a small donation slot aperture and/or no moving parts. Some of the existing 24 bins on public property already meet this criteria and will not need to be removed. Permits for new bins that meet these criteria will also be considered.