How do you dispose of broken mayim achronim cups? Mine was plastic and it fell and broke and cannot be fixed. Thanks!

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    The trash or recycling are good options depending on the type of plastic
    – Dude
    Jan 17, 2019 at 20:37
  • If your cup does in fact have God's name on it, feel free to re-add the tag I removed. Also, can you clarify if you are asking about halacha (and if so you can edit to add the halacha tag as well)?
    – Alex
    Jan 17, 2019 at 20:59

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Items once used for a mitzvah (tashmishei mitzvah) that wore out do not require genizah, according to the letter of the law. Mishnah Berurah 21:1 (א) חוטי ציצית וכו' - וה"ה לכל תשמישי מצוה כגון סוכה ולולב ושופר וכל כה"ג לאחר שנתבטלו ואינם עומדין עוד למצותן:

But it is still good to put them in genizah, and not just chuck them straight in the garbage, according to the Rema ad loc. This is a way of showing respect.

There is a Halachic disagreement whether mayim achronim is considered a mitzvah nowadays, so that is an extra reason to be lenient, even for Ashkenazim.

A practical solution would be to wrap it up carefully before placing in the garbage container, assuming it is not practical to place it with the Sheimos.

  • "it is still good to put them in genizah" assuming they're actually tashmishei mitzvah which is not obvious.
    – Heshy
    Jan 17, 2019 at 21:07
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    You correctly say that Rama says it's good to put tashmishe mitzva in g'niza. You then note that this is Ashkenazic practice; that's not my experience. I wonder whether you can cite some evidence of it. As far as I know, people (who aren't using them) discard their four minim after Sukos, for example. In a respectful way, to be sure, as outlined in the Rama, but discard them nonetheless.
    – msh210
    Jan 17, 2019 at 21:11
  • I don't think I ever heard of people putting their netilat yadayim cups in geniza (to take a more common example). Nor did I ever read one should do so. Is it common in your community? (I am asking seriously)
    – mbloch
    Jan 18, 2019 at 5:03
  • In Jerusalem, where I live, Ashkenazim are careful not to dispose of old mitzvah objects by just chucking them in the garbage. This is in accordance with the ruling of the Rema. Whether a mayim achronim cup is a mitzvah object is debatable, as I mentioned in my answer, but those who wash mayim achronim usually consider it to be a mitzvah, perhaps even one with Kabbalistic significance. Nevertheless, I will edit my answer...
    – shmu
    Jan 18, 2019 at 5:36

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