This is my microwave.
One morning when I turned it on it made a zzzing noise and shut off in about ten seconds. Ted took it off to see if he could fix it. Meantime I looked around for where to recycle it. The Kitsap County Public Works web site said: “Small appliances such as microwaves, garbage disposals, etc. may be disposed of as garbage.”
I was very surprised and very upset. This thing cost who knows how much to make (I haven’t found a web site yet that tracks the real expenses), and after six years of use it turns into garbage? You’re kidding me.
Alex and I gave ourselves a challenge to live without a microwave. If we found it indispensible we would bring one back into the kitchen. Green web sites tell me the microwave is reasonably cost effective as a cooking device. Well, I don’t use it to cook. After two weeks of living without it I can tell you what I do with it:
- Reheat coffee.
- Warm up frozen soup for lunch.
- Melt butter.
- Heat cheese quesadilla with corn tortilla.
- Sterilize sponges.
Item one: I don’t reheat my coffee. This is the use I miss the most, having a second cup in the morning. We’re considering checking out a Mr. Coffee.
Items two, three and four: I use the stove. I melt butter in a little pan, heat soup in a little kettle, fry the quesadilla in a little frying pan.
Item five: I soak sponges in hot water with bleach mixed in.
Ted was able to fix the machine. It’s in the garage waiting for us to decide whether we are going to keep using it or give it to someone who wants it. I’ll tell you, if it does come back into the house, it’s not going back onto the counter – it took up way too much space and there just isn’t all that much in our tiny kitchen. We’re still making our decision, but I’m leaning toward giving it away and not replacing it. I just don’t think I can bring myself to use that much resource for such trivial purposes.
Kitsap County Public Works.