How Do You Scrap A Microwave?

When you are cleaning out your apartment or one of your kids accidentally heated a thermos in your microwave and it combusted, it may be a good time to scrap it. Microwaves are also a very common item to find while scrap hunting in your neighborhood. Often times people just place them on the curb to go out with the bulk garbage days. Instead you can take one apart and make some extra cash from it by scrapping it for the parts inside.


  1. Clip the power cord from the outside and place it in your insulated copper wire pile.
  2. Once you have picked up your microwave, you will probably realize how heavy they are and that is because of the components on the inside. Take a screwdriver or power drill and remove the screws along the backside and bottom of the microwave.
  3. The outer shell on the back and bottom are usually made of steel so be sure to check it with a magnet and separate it into your steel pile. Once you removed it you should see the inside of your microwave.
  4. There may be some insulation on the inside, that can easily be pulled out and set aside for garbage. You should see several different items that are recognizable.
  5. First find the transformer. Usually it is screwed to the bottom of the microwave and can be taken out.
  6. Grab all of the copper wires from the inside and remove them. Place them in your copper wire pile and be sure to remove any plastic clips from the ends.
  7. You will also find a fan in the microwave, that will have an electric motor attached and can be pulled out too.
  8. Once you have pulled everything from the backside of the microwave, you should be able to access the front inside where there will most likely be a low-grade circuit board from the control panel. That can be taken off and placed in your low-grade board pile.
  9. Once you have pulled everything out be sure to separate it all into different piles so you can bring it to the scrap yard with no problem.

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