Microwave ovens are a type of e-waste and if your microwave oven gets bad and you can’t use it anymore, you shouldn’t just throw it anywhere. You can either call services that take e-waste or you can recycle yourself. If you don’t know where to recycle a microwave, don’t worry. We are going to tell you how you can recycle microwave ovens.

Find Services That Take Microwaves

Go online and search “where to recycle microwave,” and you will get a lot of suggestions based on where you live. You will find a lot of service providers who will take your microwave in order to recycle it. They’re usually junk removal services, e.g. Jiffy Junk. They will come to your place, see the microwave, may strip the appliance parts in order to sell or use them as replacements, redistribute the items to charities, and if needed, they will recycle the rest properly. You don’t need to go to their office yourself, just call them and they will come to pick it up.

Drop It Off in A Departmental Store

Departmental stores like Best Buy, Staples, Office Depot sometimes hold free events where people drop off their electronic waste. If you see there’s such an event coming on, make a call to them and see if they will take microwaves. It’s better to know first before hauling it there and finding out they won’t take it. If you don’t see such an upcoming event, you can still call one of their stores and check if you can just drop it off. They usually take it.

Give It to The Store When You’re Buying a New One

If you get rid of a microwave, there’s a high chance you will buy a new one. When you go shopping for a new microwave, ask the store manager if you can give them your old one and get some incentive in return. Sometimes they take an old one and give a discount on the new one. They do it because they can recycle your old microwave or they can give it to the manufacturers and get some incentive for themselves. A better idea is to call around the stores nearby and see who gives you the best deal. Whoever gives you the best deal, give the microwave to them.

Give It Back to The Manufacturer

A lot of manufacturers offer programs that encourage the customers to be environmentally responsible by giving the e-waste back to the manufacturer. Call and see if your microwave’s manufacturer offers such a program. If they do, they will take it off your hands and recycle it or dispose of it in an environmentally responsible way. Keep in mind that you may have to give the shipping cost.


E-waste is dangerous for our world. We’re already facing a huge global climate change and it will only get worse if we aren’t responsible. We need to make sure that our waste is disposed of properly. You should know how to dispose of a microwave the right way.


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