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Scout1071 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-08-06 06:51 PM
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How do I dispose of a microwave?
I have a microwave that blew a fuse or something and I need to get rid of it. For $50 I can have a brand new one and I'm sure it would cost more to repair.

So, can I just leave it at the dumpster in my apartment complex? Or do I need to take it somewhere?

Thanks in advance.
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datasuspect Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-08-06 06:58 PM
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1. you don't want to dig around in the microwave's guts
these things end up in the solid waste stream all the time . . .

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Gormy Cuss Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-08-06 07:03 PM
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2. They're considered toxic waste here (CA)
and the only proper ways to dispose of them is to turn them into an electronics recycling vendor or to the local public agency in charge of such things. We can have them removed from curbside for a fee or wait for a free drop-off day.

You are right that trying to repair the damn thing would probably cost more than replacing it. I found out that simply replacing the turntable cost 75% of the original cost of the microwave.
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Robb Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-08-06 07:05 PM
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3. If the Discovery Channel has taught me anything
...it's that you should use a .50 cal. Works for old freezers, too. :D
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YDogg Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-08-06 07:08 PM
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4. In my neighborhood, stuff like this left at the curb disappears ...
... within hours.
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mockmonkey Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-08-06 07:23 PM
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5. It depends on your city
Where I live you need a permit ($15) for disposal of a microwave or anything with freon.

Google to see if your community has a website with a link to the Department of Public Works.
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Scout1071 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-08-06 07:49 PM
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6. Thank you all. I'll check with the city. nt
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