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How Do I Recycle My Microwave?

Not all people have the privilege of a fast and efficient kitchen appliance. But, with a microwave at home, you can serve a variety of dishes that will surely satisfy your family’s palates. Additionally, it heats leftover food and cooks easy-to-make recipes — which are both convenient solutions whenever you have a busy schedule. 

However, using your microwave relentlessly might damage its internal parts at some point. It has an average lifespan of 5 to 7 years depending on how careful and often you operate it. Also, there may be a time when you need to upgrade your unit to a better one that has more features. 

Whatever your reason is, its disposal should avoid the landfills as much as possible. It still has recyclable components fit for reprocessing. Microwave recycling is one of the keys to Australia’s e-waste problem

And to answer your question, how do I recycle my microwave? Follow this simple guide.

Book appointment with the Local Council Pickup

Unlike the regular pickup schedules of residual and recycling bins, the local council collects e-waste like your microwave through an appointment basis only. Also, they have strict guidelines regarding this electronic rubbish. You can only take it out on the kerbside during the arranged date. And illegal dumping will result in fines without warning. 

Moreover, if you are planning to discard your other electronic appliances, you should follow the limited load capacity. The overall weight should not exceed 100kg, and the length should be less than 1.5m. Once approved, the collectors will transfer them to recycling or sorting centres for processing. 

But make sure to check and call first on your local council pickups since some of them might refuse or do not offer e-waste collection service. 

Drop-off Recycling Centres Near You

As part of the government’s recycling plans, one of their main goals is to achieve 70% or better recycling rate in 2021. That’s why they have invested in building recycling centres all around NSW. And as of today, there are now 90 community recycling centres in the state. 

Another option to practise microwave recycling is to take the appliance yourself in the recycling centre near you. Depending on the suburb’s guidelines and your rubbish load, you can transport and drop off your microwave for free or with charges. Make sure to call the available recycling centres first before going your way.   

Earn through Reselling the Unit

Selling a microwave oven and its parts will earn you a few dollars. Scrap yards will salvage microwave components such as the metal covering, copper, internal processors, and many more. 

Also, you can sell the unit at a reasonable price to an individual. Just make sure that it is still repairable and doesn’t give harm to its next user. You should maximise the internet and social media platforms to extend your marketing power.  

Get a Professional Rubbish Removal Service

To have quick and hassle-free disposal of a microwave, you can always trust Paul’s Rubbish Removal. Unlike the limited service of council pickups, most rubbish removal companies offer same-day rubbish removal and will take your waste without limits. 

Booking Paul’s rubbish removal services guarantee first-rate and eco-friendly disposal. Professional removalists will come at your place to sort and drop off your old and broken microwave in recycling centres following the NSW EPA Guidelines. And that helps reduce the landfilling rate and increase the recycling rate to protect the environment. 


When the right time comes, you may need to get rid and replace your old microwave to a new and top-grade unit. And you should avoid the crucial problem of overcrowding landfills with e-waste materials. So for its disposal, microwave recycling is your best option. 

There are several ways to recycle your microwave. Maybe you can’t do it yourself, but you can rely on council pickups, recycling centres, scrap markets, and rubbish removal companies. They can take your old and broken microwave to its rightful place.  

And if you want the most convenient and most efficient microwave recycling, you can call Paul’s Rubbish Removal. We take microwave parts no matter what the size because no job is too big or small for us. Our team of expert removalists guarantee safe and fast microwave removal

For more than 10 years in the rubbish removal industry, we have established and partnered with the best recycling partners in the metro, ensuring a better and sustainable environment for our community.  

So don’t hesitate to call us for the best microwave removal and eco-friendliest recycling method. Contact us at 0407 125 125 or send us an email here.   

Sarah Ann

Sarah Ann

Sarah Ann is a Digital Content Writer for Paul's Rubbish Removal. Sarah is a huge advocate for recycling, environmental sustainability, health and well-being and has a genuine love for all sea animals. Keep up with Sarah by following Paul's Rubbish Removal blog!

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