Microwave recycling

Has it really made its last supper? Here’s how, why and where to recycle your old microwave oven.

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How to recycle an old microwave

It’s as easy as ABC.

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Could your microwave be repaired? Could you donate it to a charity? Pass it on to someone you know? Or could you sell your unwanted microwave?

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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.

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Find your nearest recycling point. Just enter your postcode in our recycling locator. And off you go.

Recycling locator

Where can you recycle microwaves?

Pick the option that suits you.

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Best kept secret of the microwave? You can repair it.

A study of microwaves being discarded found that 

  • one in five microwaves were in perfect working order 
  • a high percentage had very minor defects 
  • most with minor faults could be refurbished for re-use 
  • the cost of parts for repairs was a fraction of the price of a new microwave.

Find repair shops by postcode using the Restart directory. Or see if there’s a Repair Cafe near you where you get help fixing your microwave yourself.



Retailers will take back your old electricals

Find your nearest recycling point

Put in your postcode to find recycling and reuse centres near you