Donation bins are overflowing, and some are becoming garbage dumps.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic and crucial physical distancing orders by governments that non-essential services be stopped, the pick-up of all textile donations by from homes and donation bins across Canada stopped on March 23.
Sadly, some residents continue to drop off donations at bins even though they cannot be emptied at this time; and some individuals are using Diabetes Canada donation bins to dump garbage and more. This is posing a serious health and safety issue. Diabetes Canada have contacted government agencies for their bins to help to remove the garbage, however they have not yet been successful. They simply do not have the financial resources to deploy staff to clean the garbage around their more than 5,000 bins. Other charities and bins are having the same issue.
Please don’t donate clothes in bins during the pandemic.