Okay, you want to get rid of a Satellite dish that is attached to your home. What do you do?
Step 1: Remove the dish from your roof or side of home.
Step 2: Fill in screw holes (if any) after the dish is removed
Step 3: Recycle the dish OR put it in the garbage
If you don’t want to do these steps yourself, Wire Free Sky will do it for you.
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Can You Recycle Satellite Dishes
The short answer is YES.
Satellite dishes are recyclable. They are primarily made of:
- Circuit board
Metal & Plastic
The bulk of the dish is made up of metal. The plastic components are a relatively small part of the dish. Most recyclers will accept Satellite dishes as scrap metal with no need to remove the plastic components first. The plastic will be removed as part of the recycling process.
The circuit board, which contains lead, mercury, cadmium, and other harmful substances that are dangerous to the environment, should be extracted from the dish and recycled separately.
However, not all localities have an easy-to-access electronic waste disposal site. In fact, even areas that do have a good electronic waste recycling system will typically accept Satellite dishes as scrap metal without the need to remove the electronic circuit board first.
Wire Free Sky Recycles
At Wire Free Sky we take the extra, and essential, step of extracting the electronic chip from the satellite dish before sending the dish into the standard recycling process. We then recycle the chip as electronic waste to keep those toxic components from contaminating the recycling process… It’s a win-win for you and the environment.
Creative ways to Reuse your Satellite Dish
There are a lot of creative projects for your dish but before starting your project, be sure to remove any dangerous and harmful parts to prevent any accidents.
- If you have an old 10-foot dish, it can be used as a gazebo roof in your garden with proper structure and support.
- You can use it as a shallow pond for your garden or yard, birds will surely enjoy swimming especially during the spring and summer.
- It can make a good Captain America costume on Halloween. Some people who do cosplay use it as a shield as part of the costume.
- Drill some holes, put stable cables, and hang it – then you got yourself a DIY swing at home.
- If the dish still works, you can sell it, or give it away. Someone may be looking for one.
Benefits of recycling satellite dishes
By recycling satellite dishes, we benefit our environment long-term. Not only does it keep us from creating more trash, but it can also provide raw materials for other uses. It’s also an easy way to lessen the waste in landfills and as a result.
If you need help removing and recycling your old satellite dish, contact us today – we would be happy to assist!
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