Lakewood Posek: No issue with leaving Chometz in Township-owned Trash Bins during Pesach

[FROM TLS ARCHIVES] Rabbi Shmuel Felder Shlita, one of Lakewood’s leading Poskim, tells 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.

A Township official tells TLS that the fee paid for the bin is not a rental fee, buf a delivery fee. The township actually retains ownership of the bins.

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  1. If I’m not mistaken in neighboring townships it’s a rental fee and you should thereofre be Mafkir the bin in addition to its content before the Zman of Biur Chometz.
    Chag Kosher Vesameach!

  2. If Lakewood would be 100% Jewish would one be able to say it’s the township, not us? We are now the majority at what point can we still claim that the township is a separate entity and not OUR township from a halachic point of view.

  3. For next year, obviously …

    In front of how many kosher eidim should we be mafkir our chometz in the garbage bin owned by the municipality and located on our personal real estate? Certainly, there will be some who will endeavor to make their chometz ownerless in a private oral declaration like they do in kol chamira.

    Perhaps after one burns some chometz, sells other chometz, and says his kol chamira, any chometz molecules remaining on his property are no longer his.

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