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I have heard many times that when something used for or somehow related to a mitzvah cannot or will not be used again, it should be thrown out "respectfully".

  1. What exactly constitutes throwing out something respectfully and is it different depending on what is being thrown out?
  2. Should something that is not technically a tashmish kedusha/ tashmish mitzva/ tashmish d'tashmish but is other wise associated with a mitzvah be thrown out respectfully?

(I am asking this because my tefilin bag* was worn out so I bought a new one to replace it. If you could include what I should do with that specifically in your answer it would be appreciated.)

*The plastic bag, not the cloth one.

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related: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/12183/759 – Double AA Mar 14 '12 at 0:03
related: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/14446/759 – Double AA Mar 14 '12 at 0:03
Please CYLOR regarding your tefilin bag and don't rely on anything written here. – Double AA Mar 14 '12 at 0:04
@Dave, I wonder though about the plastic bag the asker is asking about. It's there to protect not the cloth bag (who cares if the cloth bag gets wet) but the t'filin themselves (as water can get through the cloth bag). I'd guess it's a tashmish of the t'filin, which are themselves (IIRC) a tashmish of the parashiyos. But as DoubleAA notes, nothing on this site should be relied on in practice! – msh210 Mar 14 '12 at 2:20
AriA, note that a tashmish k'dusha and a tashmish mitzva are different. The former is something used for, e.g., a sefer Tora, like the cloth/box a sefer Tora is in; the latter is something used for a mitzva, like tzitzis. If whatever answer you get doesn't mention this difference, read it carefully to determine which class of objects it's dealing with. – msh210 Mar 14 '12 at 2:22
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Mitzvah Objects:

Objects in this category must be disposed of in a respectable manner; e.g. double wrapped in paper or plastic before being put in the garbage.

Included in this category are such things as:

The garments of a tallit or tzitzit (after the fringes have been removed for burial), tallit bags, the Four Species, willows used for hoshanot, schach (foliage covering for a sukkah), and a gartel (prayer sash).

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