Find a bag or box that you can use to store all your old electrical bits and pieces until you can go to the recycling centre – or until collection day, if you have one.
Pick the option that suits you.
Some councils collect electricals for recycling – either with your regular waste collection or by special arrangement. Use our recycling locator, or contact your council or check their website.
All household waste and recycling centres have bins for electricals and batteries. Some also have an area for items that can be refurbished to be passed on.
Some supermarkets, car parks and designated roadside areas have electrical recycling bins. Check to see if your nearest can take microwaves.
Thousands of shops across the UK will now take your old microwave for recycling if you’re buying a new one from them. Some take back all your old electricals for recycling even if you’re not buying something new. #zerowaste
That’s how many microwave ovens are expected to be sent for disposal across the EU in 2025.
We’re talking 195,000 tonnes of e-waste from microwaves in one year.
The first microwave oven was a beast. Made in 1947, it stood nearly 6 feet tall and weighed 340 kg.
A far cry from the domesticated variety pinging in almost every kitchen today.
A study of microwaves being discarded found that
Retailers will take back your old electricals
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