Lakewood Posek: No Issue with Leaving Chometz in Township-owned Trash Bins During Pesach

trash pile[FROM TLS ARCHIVES] Rabbi Shmuel Felder Shlita, one of Lakewood’s leading Poskim has confirmed to TLS that Lakewood residents may leave Chometz in their trash bins to be picked up during Pesach.

Rabbi Felder explained that leaving Chometz in the bin would not constitute being in possession of Chometz, since the bins are owned by the Lakewood Township.

Accordingly, residents may leave the trash bins out for pickup Erev Pesach, and bring it back onto their property during Chol Ha’moed.


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  1. Please don’t leave chometz in the parking lot of the kosher market in Jackson. Perhaps a sign in the market and the car wash.

  2. Lexington check with your posek but there are several issues with your premise beyond the scope of comment here but I believe it could be problematic

  3. Who ever got an extra bin in the last few months had to pay for it and actually owns the bin out right which would definitely change the psak halacha and you wouldn’t be able to keep chometz in it over yom tov.

  4. To rabbi Tam
    sorry your mistaken
    When you pay for a garbage can its a deposit until you return it in good condition but the town always owns all the cans

    Next time do your research

  5. The township(Lakewood), has provided several locations to bring chometz, let’s use the drop off locations. Then one doesn’t have to worry about the township owned? or not trash bins.

  6. A relative of mine told me that Rav Bick ztl from Boro Park paskened that it’s muttar ANYWAY since there is no better way that showing something is hefker and bitul than placing it in the outdoor trash cans.

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