Poskim: No Problem with Chometz in Township-Owned Trash Bins


shmuel-felderLakewood, NJ – Lakewood, an area of 26 square miles, has 217 miles of Township streets. It also has thousands upon thousands of garbagereceptacles – bins that, while serving town residents, belong to the Lakewood Public Works Department, which is responsible for the maintenance and repair of Township roads and sewers, Township parks and open space, snowplowing of Township streets, leaf and brush collection, and, of course, garbage and recycling collection.

It is because these bins belong to the township that several Lakewood poskim, notably Harav Shmuel Felder, a posek of Beth Medrash Govoha, have ruled that there is no halachic concern if town residents leave chometz in their trash cans on Yom Tov. Since the cans are in the reshus of the township, there is no issue of baal yeira’eh and baal yeimotzeh.

It should be noted that Pesach is a good time to clean out your bins and hose them down, which is also recommended during the warmer weather, when they bins tend to emit a foul odor when t they are not cleaned or hose down.

It should be noted for those who wish for their bins to be free of chometz can take advantage of the local Pesach drop-off program, which started yesterday and will continue until todat at noon. The following are garbage drop-off locations:

· Patrick Park – Vine Street

· Sunset Playground – Sunset Road

· The Old Department of Public Works complex –  East 9th Street

· Forest Avenue  – between 9th and 10th Streets

· JJF Public Works Complex – One America Avenue

· West Gate  –  Hillside Blvd.

· Brook Road – Frank Bartolf Park

· Blue Claws Stadium – Parking Lot

Chometz burning will begin at 7:30 a.m. today, Erev Pesach, and continue until noon. The sites are as follows:

· Patrick Park – Vine Street

· Khal Zichron Yaakov – Sunset Road, just off of James Street

· Bais Medrash Govoah – 7th Street and Private Way

· Bais Medrash Govoah – 10th Street and Clifton Avenue

· Brook Road – Frank Bartolf Park

· Blue Claws Stadium – Parking Lot

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