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How to Dispose of a Microwave

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Microwave Disposal Options for Any Home Cleanout

Since 1945, microwave ovens have been a kitchen staple — but that doesn’t make them invincible to damage or wear and tear. Microwaves break all the time with an average shelf life of eight years. Whether it’s donating an outdated model or tossing it alongside other broken kitchen appliances, learn how to get rid of an old microwave in six easy ways.


6 Ways to Dispose of an Old Microwave

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1. Sell It Online

Is your outdated microwave still working but you want to upgrade it for a kitchen remodel or get rid of it before a move? Sell the appliance to a local buyer online. The average used microwave sells for $25 but the return can be up to $100 for nicer models. Start a listing with one of these popular sites:

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Tips for Selling a Microwave Online

Research Prices
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Pro Tip

Tossing other appliances? Our electronics waste removal guide is the best way to learn how to get rid of any unwanted or broken household junk.

3. Recycle It

Recycling your old microwave is a great, eco-friendly way to get it off your hands. Some recycling centers will even offer cash incentives, particularly if you're tossing more than one appliance at once. Check out RecyclerFinder.com, your utility company website or local government for more information. If your microwave is broken, contact an electronic repair shop to see if they’ll use it for parts.

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Look Up Local E-Waste Regulations Before Tossing a Microwave

Microwaves are considered electronic waste or e-waste. Regulations for tossing e-waste can vary greatly from place to place. Be sure to check your local government's website for the most up-to-date guidelines on e-waste disposal so you can get rid of it properly.

4. Put It on the Curb

Placing your microwave on the curb may be a convenient disposal option, but you'll need to research your local regulations first. Most cities will steer you to recycling centers in order to keep e-waste out of landfills. Others may require you to package up the microwave before they’ll take it, and nearly all municipalities have limited bulk waste pickup days, meaning you could be holding onto your old microwave longer than expected.

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Old microwave stacked on washer and dryer on back of junk removal vehicle.

5. Use a Junk Removal Service

Junk removal companies will enter your home to remove microwaves and other junk. Keep in mind they charge by the truckload, so you’ll still cover the cost of any unused space. This option is beneficial if you have a lot of items you need tossed and prefer to pay junk removers to move items for you.

6. Rent a Dumpster

Rent a roll off dumpster for a convenient way to get rid of a microwave during a larger junk removal project, like cleaning out a house. A container can be delivered right to your driveway, shortening the distance to dispose of waste and making any cleanup a breeze. This option gives you the ability to work at your own pace and not have to stop progress to drive to and from the landfill yourself.

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More Debris Removal Resources

Getting rid of more than just a microwave? We’ll walk you through the disposal process for regular unwanted items, both inside and outside the home. Check out our straightforward disposal guides, useful articles and blog posts to learn more.