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Is the trash in my trash cans that must stay on my property during Passover still considered under my ownership?

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Though almost every pesach handbook recommends dragging the bins to the curb before the zeman, I never understood it. Bitul should work on everything that a person would not accidentally eat during the zeman issur. I assume (hope) that should include the garbage bin. – YDK Mar 28 '11 at 21:27
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In our little town, dragging the bins to the crub more then 24 hours before scheduled pick up gets you a fine. Normally our shul rents a big dumpster, but this year we will be leaving five days before the Chag, but after the trash pick up. I too would hope that Bitul works for what is left in the bins. – Ken Mar 28 '11 at 21:38
    
You can put some bleach on it and make it not edible to a dog. – Gershon Gold Mar 28 '11 at 22:30
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@R"Ken, as this is for you a question of practical halacha, I strongly recommend you contact a reliable, orthodox rabbi and not rely on what you read on this site. – msh210 Mar 28 '11 at 23:00
    
In my experience, the garbage bins that are left out for pickup are usually considered the property of the local municipality. So the garbage is not even on your property! – Daniel 14 hours ago

The Mishnah Berurah (431:2) says that we don't rely on Bitul (that is, being mafkir the chameitz by saying kol chamira v'chamiya) because it's possible you didn't have the full intention of getting rid of it. When you throw out your chameitz, though, you definitely have the intention of getting rid of it. Thus, it's out of your reshus and there's no issue of bal yeira'eh.

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