Whether you are moving, switching to a streaming service like Sling TV, or maybe you just want updated sleeker hardware, a lot of people are finding themselves trying to figure out what to do with their old satellite dish. As it turns out, getting rid of a satellite dish is not as easy as you might think.
One of the more common questions we get is whether satellite dishes are recyclable? The answer: sort of. Every satellite dish is made up of plastic, metal and a circuit board/hardware. Those materials put satellite dishes in the electronic waste category, which means they can be recycled, but just like iPhones and laptops they need to be recycled at the right facility.
Most communities have a designated e-waste landfill where you can bring your old dish. Most services will not come and remove the dish from your home themselves.
If you are looking to recycle your satellite dish, these tips are a great place to start.
Contact Your Provider
Your first step should always be to contact your satellite provider to let them know that you are looking to remove or replace your satellite dish. Most services will either let you know about their current recycling program, or point you in the direction of a trusted service
For example, DISH Network has a deal with Best Buy which means DISH customers can bring their dish right into their nearest Best Buy to recycle it.
Hire Someone To Remove The Dish
Satellite Dishes are invariably on the roof, which makes them difficult and dangerous to remove. It’s always safer to hire a professional to come and remove the dish for you. If you can’t find a specific service in your area, most roofers are willing to take on the task. Trust us, the last thing you want is a satellite dish you don’t want and a broken leg.
Get Rid Of It
Now it’s time to actually get rid of your satellite dish. First, we always recommend that you check to see if any friends or family members want to use it. Most satellite dishes last a long time and even if the tech is a bit outdated, will still provide high-quality satellite services if installed correctly.
If you know that you want to get rid of the dish, and you have already contacted your provider but want to find a new solution, then it is time to do some research! There are a number of satellite removal companies operating in 2019. Take the time to find out if one of them services your area, and make an appointment!