Chametz skip? What a waste

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY RACHEL FLETCHER

A DIS­CARDED Dyson vac­uum cleaner and a cup­board were among refuse dumped in a skip pro­vided by Barnet Coun­cil — for un­wanted chametz.

Two weeks be­fore Pe­sach, the coun­cil had placed skips in 17 streets across the bor­ough for chametz waste, as it has done for the past 10 years.

In one skip in Hen­don, a pile of rub­bish, in­clud­ing paint tins and wood, over­flowed across the pave­ment.

Res­i­dents com­plained that peo­ple had dumped rub­bish at the skip site even if a skip was not present. One, who asked not to be named, said she had seen non-Jews ap­proachin­gask­ip­n­earher­home­with­old car­pet.

“At the time, a Barnet Coun­cil em­ployee was present who turned them away. I was al­lowed to place my sacks of chametz rub­bish on the skip.”

Barnet Coun­cil said the su­per­vi­sor in charge of the Pe­sach skips had or­gan­ised a back-up ve­hi­cle to clear the ex­cess rub­bish. An­other res­i­dent de­scribed the coun­cil work­ers as “fan­tas­tic” for com­ing to clear the over­flow so quickly.

The coun­cil said in a state­ment: “Signs are placed at each skip site stat­ing that the skip is pro­vided for Chometz on Pe­sach.

“All Passover skip sites are clearly marked with th­ese of­fi­cial no­tice boards and peo­ple who want to use them are asked to help keep each site clean and tidy.

“We en­cour­age peo­ple not to use the skips to dis­pose of other waste such as bulky house­hold goods, builders waste, rub­ble and hard­core. A neigh­bour­hood skip ser­vice is pro­vided in ev­ery street twice a year for res­i­dents to dis­pose of other rub­bish.”

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