There was an article criticizing these boxes in the Vancouver Courier two years ago, which produced some nervous responses from local charities that if council regulated or took away these boxes, they would suffer.
A couple of days ago, there was an article in the Province about this issue. And guess what appears in the Metro paper yesterday, a TWO PAGE SPREAD AD FROM VALUE VILLAGE saying how great they are (all of which is attached, along with relevant links to the previous articles).
Value Village, in case you don't get it, is connected with the disposition of many of these articles which are collected by the local charities.
June 5, 2014 story, The Province
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Courier article from March 29, 2012
Courier article from September 2, 2011
Letter responding to the above Courier article, from September 7, 2011
Letter responding to the above Courier article, from September 28, 2011