Microwave Recycling

Wednesday, October 21, 2020


Microwave Recycling


Microwaves can be recycled with your electronics or with your scrap metal. 

If you choose to put your microwaves with your scrap metal, CAPACITORS MUST BE REMOVED. 


Consider charging residents a disposal fee to drop off microwaves.

Recommended Disposal Fee:  $5 - $10 depending on size


Recommended Process to Remove Capacitors

  1. Make sure microwave has been unplugged for at least 1 hour. 

  2. Remove outside cover.

  3. To assure no charge is existing: with an insulated screwdriver, connect capacitor terminals by touching both together at the same time (short) and remove capacitor.

  4. Mark three (3) sides of the microwave with a large X (inside a circle) using a brightly colored paint (fluorescent orange recommended).

 Disposal of Capacitors

If capacitors are marked "NO PCBs"

  • they can be disposed of in the MSW or with your electronics - DO NOT PLACE IN SCRAP METAL.

If capacitors are NOT marked "NO PCBs,"

  • they are considered hazardous waste (could contain beryllia) and need to placed in a marked bucket.
  • These can be disposed of with your electronics, with fluorescent bulbs or at your Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day - DO NOT PLACE IN SCRAP METAL.

*If you choose to put your microwaves with your electronics, capacitors do not have to be removed*


Examples of capacitors marked "NO PCBs"