Saturday, February 9, 2013

The kitchen compost bin, part 2


May I empty a kitchen compost bin on Shabbos in order to make room for more material?

In Thursday's post, we noted that such a bin is muktzeh if it contains only material that is not usable for people or animals. Further, we noted that although our bins tend to include edible items, we lock them to keep them from animals, and so they are not considered "food for animals".

There is some debate as to whether one may empty such a bin on Shabbos in order to make room for more material. Significant authorities permit, particularly where the alternative would be to turn a non-compost bin into a compost bin for that day.

(Magen Avraham 308:59; Chazon Ish Moed 48:10; Shemirat Shabbat k'Hilchatah 22:45 and footnote 116; Asifas Chachamim I pg. 133-135; Or Yisrael 41 pg. 99; Orchos Shabbos 19:340 and footnote 505)

Have a great day,

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