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Around 70% of British Columbia residents want to ban clothing donation bins in favour of dropping off garments at a specific donation facility instead.

The survey by Research Co. was conducted after two clothing bin related fatalities caused the City of Vancouver to remove them altogether.

The results of the online study are based on data collected from January 2nd to January 4th, 2019 from 800 adults across British Columbia who formed the representative provincial sample group.

While 70% of the respondents agree that clothing bins should be banned municipally, 69% stated that they have themselves donated clothes to a charity through a donation bin or drop box.

“All demographic groups in British Columbia are voicing support for the elimination of clothing donation bins,” says Mario Canseco, President of Research Co.

“It is important to note that majorities of the heaviest current users of these containers—women and residents aged 55 and over—say they are willing to travel to a specific venue to make their donations.”

Overall, 71% believe that charities should find a better way to collect donations than through donation bins, and 73% would be willing to take their clothes to a specific facility instead of relying on the bins.

On Vancouver Island, 59% of the survey participants would support banning donation bins, and 64% have donated clothes through them in the past year.

In Victoria, clothing donation bins are provided by several prominent charities including the Victoria Humane Society and Diabetes Canada.

Click here to check out the exact findings from the survey.