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
Make sure microwave has been unplugged for at least 1 hour.
Remove outside cover.
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.
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"