How to Dispose of a Broken Microwave

Whether your microwave quietly expired or went out with a flashing snap, crackle, and pop, it's up to you to dispose of the plastic and metal carcass. Depending on local regulations, your microwave may be set out at the curb on trash day for pickup, or your city may require a drop-off at a local recycling center. A recycling center can remove the capacitor and any recyclable parts, making it a green solution to your microwave problem.

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Recycling Broken Appliances

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While the federal government considers a broken microwave "solid waste," your city or county may not allow you to dispose of microwaves and other small appliances in the trash. If that's the case in your area, the local garbage company or bureau of public waste generally has a list of recyclers that accept broken appliances, including your microwave. While some recycling services are free, others charge a small fee to accept and dispose of appliances.

Special Drop-Off Days

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In some cities, the garbage company provides a drop-off coupon or notice to residents, usually enclosed in the monthly bill. These special drop-off days are held once or twice a year at a specific location. Residents of the city can drop off one item, such as a broken microwave, or one truckload of junk that might include old mattresses, large appliances or furniture. When dropping off your microwave, you must show proof of residence and a photo identification, such as a driver's license or state identification.