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Apr 17, 2012 11:12 AM

Microwave dying

Our microwave oven is making strange noises. Mr. Sueatmo thinks the motor is on its last legs. I think it will finally stop working pretty soon. Of course we will replace it with another third rate appliance. (I remember when microwave ovens lasted decades and were made rather well.)

But what should a responsible person do with a dead microwave? How does one recycle it or its parts? We do have mixed recycling, but I don't think putting a microwave in the curbside recycling bin would go over well.

Thanks in advance.

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  1. Microwaves that are made rather well can still be purchased, just not for $100. Don't know where you live, but in Chicago we have lots of roving "junk men" that will pick up nearly anything with recycling value from our alleys. A large hunk of metal anything has about a 2-hour half-life once it's in the alley.

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    1. re: ferret

      I can have it hauled away. I don't know if the parts would be ultimately recycled or not. And I'd rather not have to pay to have it hauled away. I don't live in a neighborhood where roving junk men roam.

      I am interested in knowing of some better quality microwave ovens though. I hate my present GE. I had gotten good service from a couple of older Sharps, but they seem to have declined in quality in the last 15 or so years.

    2. You could post it on for your area. People often post appliances that don't work and people snatch them up to repair or sell the parts. A lot of them probably just sell the metal and toss the rest. You could check and see if your local appliance store takes them for recycling. Our transfer station (dump) does and recycles the parts but you have to pay.

      1. There should be a free section on your craigslist as well. Just let folks know upfront what you believe is wrong with it and some enterprising person will take it off your hands. The good thing is that it will find its way to use somehow. The problem with donating it to Goodwill or another charity is that they may simply discard it if they think it's too much trouble to fix - or they just think it won't sell. Freecycle works great in the area I reside - and it keeps stuff out of landfills.

        1. Does the town you live in not have a recycling program for appliances? Ours does (and we are only 1 mile square in area). A visit to your town's web site or a call to the appropriate department at city hall should answer that question.

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          1. re: ttoommyy

            Good idea. And I like the idea of posting it on Craigslist. I don't care for Freecycle.

          2. You could replace it with a crazy new microwave like I just bought today. Not sure how it will work out, but it sounds impressive. "Toshiba stone kiln dome superheated steam microwave oven" It functions as a microwave, as a steamer and as an oven. Apparently with the domed ceiling it excels at baking bread. Not entirely sure what it will do but it looks fancy and it I am sure I can heat up leftovers with it, and I think it should last a fairly long time.


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            1. re: TeRReT

              Wow. As you are using it, please post how you like it, OK?

              1. re: sueatmo

                Technically yes, I am using it. I am using it for another function not listed on the spec sheet though. It is my tv stand until my kitchen stand comes and I have somewhere to put the microwave. Then I have to find something else to use as a tv stand. Should start using it tomorrow or the day after if my fiancee doesn't wake up and give me her credit card so I can order the stand.