Home appliances can be divided into two groups: "white goods" and "brown goods". White goods refers to the large household appliances such as fridges, freezers, washing machines and dishwashers. These goods are typically coloured white - hence the term "white goods". Brown goods refers to the smaller household appliances such as microwaves, toasters, electric kettles, TVs, game consoles and phones.
Reduce the need to replace new appliances by investing in good quality, energy-efficient items.
Check if your microwave can be repaired, rather than needing replacement.
If your microwave is in good working condition, consider donating to Women's Refuge or charity shop which takes household appliances.
Microwaves can be recycled at the Whanganui Resource Recovery Centre.
Take to Grumpy Old Men Enterprises, 28 Hinau Street.
Enquire at a scrap metal dealer.
Keep from landfill wherever possible.