When your microwave oven is beyond repair, how do you dispose of or recycle it properly? It’s not as easy it as seems, since many communities do not allow you to throw it away in your curbside trash. Microwaves are considered e-waste, much like old computers and televisions. Since there are some hazardous materials inside a microwave oven, the best approach is to drop it off when your community has a household hazardous waste (HHW) collection day. Store your old microwave in a safe place (in a dry, covered area, like the garage) and wait until your next HHW day to properly dispose of it.