How Do I Properly Dispose of a Microwave Oven?

Updated February 21, 2017

Because of environmental concerns, tossing your old microwave in the trash is an unfavourable option for disposing of the appliance. There are a number of alternatives in getting rid of your old microwave oven, though your options generally vary depending on where you live. If the microwave is still working, you have a few more ways to dispose of the appliance than if it's broken and no longer functioning.

Ask your friends and family members whether they need a microwave oven or if they know anyone who might.

Donate the microwave to a local Goodwill store or charity.

Post an ad in the newspaper or on a local listing website such as Craigslist to see if anyone else might want the appliance (link in Resources below).

Locate and contact a local appliance repair shop and ask whether they purchase or accept broken microwaves.

Contact your local trash bureau and ask about its policy for microwave disposal.

Locate a recycling centre in your area using a website such as Earth911 or E-cycling Central (links in Resources below).

Contact the recycling centres in your area and ask them if they accept broken microwaves or know of a recycling centre that does.


Clean up your microwave before selling as an act of common courtesy and for the chance to make a few extra bucks from the appliance. Certain areas may offer a kerbside pickup of old appliances and electronic devices such as microwaves.


Your local trash bureau and certain recycling centres may charge a fee for microwave disposal.

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