How Do I Dispose of a Broken Microwave?

By Staff WriterLast Updated Mar 25, 2020 10:15:08 PM ET
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For an ecologically friendly way to dispose of a broken microwave, find a local company that specializes in recycling old appliances. Otherwise, simply throw the microwave out with other normal household trash.

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency does not classify old and broken microwaves as e-waste, which requires special disposal measures. However, it does caution that there may be parts of old microwaves that may still be hazardous, such as the capacitor which contains a residual electrical charge. Still, taking old or broken microwaves to scrap metal or recycling companies can lessen the impact the trash has on the environment.