Disposing of the Four Species
The Sukkot holiday is finished. We've taken down the Sukkah and put away the boards, but we're not sure what to do with the lulav and esrog that we used throughout the holiday. It doesn't seem right to just throw it into the trash. My son suggested putting it into the Geniza box where we put old Torah books. What do you suggest?
The Aish Rabbi Replies:
The Lulav and the other species should not be placed into Geniza. On the other hand, since they were used for a mitzvah, they also cannot be thrown into the trash. Therefore you can hold onto them until Passover, and then burn them together with your chometz which you will also burn. In this way you are “using one mitzvah for another.”
Alternatively, you can dispose of the four species by placing them in a bag, and then disposing them in the trash. Since they are wrapped separately, it is considered as if they are not with the other trash.