How To Dispose of an Old Microwave

How to dispose of an old microwave

If you're thinking about upgrading your microwave, or already have a new one, it's also time to start thinking about what to do with your old microwave.

As with many other electronics, they shouldn't just be thrown in the trash. You have a few options when it comes to disposing of an old microwave. 

To dispose of a microwave the right way,  you should take it to a garbage center, sell it or donate it. There are tons of places that take microwaves, or you can search for something like "Electronic recycling programs" on Google to find recycling opportunities in your area.

Here are all the proper ways to get rid of old microwave ovens.


If your microwave no longer works, the best option is to recycle it. Since microwaves can't be put in with your other cardboard and plastic recycling, they need to be recycled in other ways.

The easiest way to recycle your microwave is to bring it somewhere that offers electronic recycling. Places like best buy will accept old electronics and dispose of them for you properly. They may even use the microwave for spare parts.

If you want to stay away from big-box retailers, you can also drop your microwave off at an appliance repair shop. They will either fix the microwave to resell it or use it for parts.

With both of these options, always make sure to call ahead, so you know the location will take the microwave off your hands.

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You Can't Just Dispose of a Microwave In The Trash

You can't just put microwave ovens in your normal trash. It is too bulky, and some of the components of the microwave are bad for the environment.

If you simply want to throw away the microwave instead of recycling it, call your local garbage service to see if they will come to pick it up. Most homes have a designated day where the garbage service will pick up large items, but sometimes large electronic items need special treatment.

If you can't get someone to come to you, bring the microwave to them. Find out where your local garbage drop off location is, call ahead, and then go drop off the microwave there.

Selling or Donating A Microwave

If your microwave still works and you're just upgrading, your best bet is to either sell it or donate it. Not only are you either making a little bit of money or helping someone in need, but you're also going above and beyond recycling - you're reusing.

If word of mouth can't get your microwave sold, try online marketplaces like ebay, Craigslist, or Facebook. There's a huge market for buying and selling used electronics, and decently priced microwave ovens won't be on the market for long.

Closing Thoughts

It doesn't matter why you want to get rid of your microwave; you should do it responsibly. There are a variety of ways to either recycle, throw away, or sell/donate your microwave.

If you have other ideas on how to dispose of an old microwave, let us know in the comments section below!

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