We’ll now discuss the six most common ways to dispose of a microwave.
Locate the nearest E-Waste Recycling Centers
This is the best and most environmentally-friendly way to dispose of an old microwave.
No law in the world prohibits microwave recycling. Recycling not only helps save all reusable parts but also helps the environment.
You can also just toss it in the recycling bin with paper, glass, and plastics.
Microwaves are complex devices that can be recycled in many different materials. E-waste recycling centers have trained professionals who can safely disassemble your microwave and sort out the useful parts.
Most recycling centers will try to sell or donate items worth fixing. They may also use your old microwave as a part of a salvageable project or to repair damaged items. There are still ways to recycle microwaves even if there aren’t any nearby. We will recycle your microwave for a small fee if you send us your microwave. This is an excellent option for those who don’t have a car or can’t get to the drop-off location.
You may even be fined for dumping a microwave. But we will get there soon.
It is best to dispose of your old microwave by putting it in the trash. A microwave isn’t hazardous waste, right?
Different municipalities and states have different policies regarding electronic waste and small appliances. Leaving your microwave on the curbside in any state or municipality is likely to be illegal.
California is an example of a state where the legal way to dispose of it is through a retailer or microwave recycling facility.
Let’s not go on for too long.
It doesn’t matter if there is a law against you throwing out your microwave.
Do you mean, there isn’t enough trash on this beautiful planet already?
Drop it off at the Garbage Center or Landfill.
You can still do it in Homer Simpson style and bring your microwave “back home to the earth”, but you may also decide to drop it off.
Ask your local garbage center or landfill how you can dispose of the microwave legally. You will find bins or dumpsters specifically for small appliances and electronics. You’ll likely avoid having to pay a pickup fee.
I strongly recommend that you do not send your microwave to the dump.
Your microwave can take over a thousand years to decay, no matter what hazardous waste it is. There is a better way to dispose it of without causing any harm to the environment. You should also remember that each store has its own microwave recycling policy. It’s best to call the store and inquire about your old microwave disposal options. Staples accepts office electronics, however.
Many independent appliance shops offer microwave recycling programs. Some may even offer store credit or other incentives to purchase a new product.
Look at the Microwave Recycling Programs for Manufacturers
Major appliance companies like GE, LG, and Bosch offer recycling programs.
Enter your zip code on the manufacturer’s website. It will show you the closest drop-off location. You can also visit their eWaste Recycling Program for more information.
LG offers free mail-back microwave recycling in the USA, as well as drop-off recycling. Print the mail-back label and return your microwave to the factory.
This is great news for LG-owners. But what about the rest?
There’s no need to be concerned if your microwave brand does not have a mail-back program.
Ecycle Florida accepts small kitchen appliances, including microwaves. This method of recycling microwaves without contact has been very popular in the COVID-19 epidemic.
I couldn’t find one near me so I sent it in.
Donate your old microwave
Don’t throw away your microwave if it still works. Donate it to a local school or church.
Goodwill and other thrift stores donate a portion of their proceeds to charities. They will gladly accept your working microwave. It can be donated, or you can list it on Craigslist for free.
Giveaway groups are my preference — they’re easy to use and require little paperwork.
Can You Toss a Microwave in the Trash!
It all depends on where you live. Different states and cities have different rules about what can be put in a dumpster.
This information can be found on the website of your locality. You can also call the garbage company directly.
You may find bulk pick-up days in your community. You can place bulky items along with your garbage on the curbside without being fined. Many places consider microwaves e-waste. They have specific rules regarding old microwave disposal.
If you are already taking it somewhere else, don’t throw it away. Instead, bring it to a microwave recycling center.
Recycling your microwave is the best, most eco-friendly, and efficient way to dispose of an old or broken one. Recycling your microwave prevents it from ending up in the landfill. Some of the components can also be used to make a new product.
This post was written by Steven Elia Co-Founder and Recycling Director at eCycle Florida. eCycle Florida is an R2 Certified electronics recycling company in the state of Florida. Our processes and procedures are dedicated to the proper destruction and recycling of your electronics. eCycle Florida is your go-to for computer recycling in Tampa.