Sanitary District 1 will provide “enhanced curbside collection” Wednesday, April 8 and Thursday, April 9 from 7 a.m. to noon in order to dispose of residents’ chametz.

Superintendent George Pappas said that after consulting with “many community leaders, and out of an abundance of caution,” there will no drop off locations at local Long Island Rail Road stations and synagogues, because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Last week towns canceled community chametz burning at fire departments and synagogues in order to comply with coronavirus gathering and distancing rules.

SD 1 residents do not need to call a special number to receive the extra holiday service. “Just put the trash on the curb and it will be picked up, Pappas said. “Please remember to bag and tie all of your garbage to ensure the safety of our employees,” Pappas stated in the letter.
Several area synagogues sent emails to their members instructing them on how to handle biur chametz themselves.
“If you don’t have a way to burn your chametz at home on erev Pesach, you can suffice by taking the 10 pieces of bread that you put out for the search of chametz and flush it down a toilet,” said Rabbi Zalman Wolowik director of Chabad of the Five Towns. “All other Passover forbidden food that are not included in your sale of chametz, dispose of it by putting it in a bag on the curb” for SD 1’s enhanced pickup.

Sanitary District 1 provides municipal solid waste collection, recycling, transfer and disposal services to more than 50,000 residents and various commercial and institutional properties in the villages of Cedarhurst, Hewlett, Hewlett Bay Park, Hewlett Harbor, Hewlett Neck, Lawrence and Woodsburgh, Inwood and Woodmere.

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