How to Get Rid of Your Old Satellite Dish

By Nick Davis

Satellite dishes become obsolete like other electronics and eventually need replacing. And like old VCRs, televisions and other electronics, you are left with not only the satellite dish, but also cables, screws and other hardware related to the dish. You don't want to toss the old dish in your home's trash can. Satellite dishes contain metals, lead, cadmium and mercury, that are harmful to the environment. There are ways to get rid of your old satellite dish without harming the environment.

Things You'll Need

  • Ladder
  • Wrench
  • Large box
  • Pen
  • Paper

Disconnecting and Packing the Old Satellite Dish

Step 1

Turn off and unplug the satellite dish's receiver. Disconnect the receiver's coaxial cable from your television. Place the receiver and coaxial cables in a large box.

Step 2

Use a ladder to access the location of the old satellite dish outside of your home. Use a wrench to unmount the dish from your house. Remove the coaxial cable attached to your house and the dish.

Step 3

Pack the old satellite dish and coaxial cables in the box containing the receiver.

Selling to a Scrap Metal Service

Step 1

Contact a scrap metal service in your area. Ask the clerk if the service accepts old satellite dishes. If the service doesn't accept satellite dishes, skip to Step 3.

Step 2

Take the large box containing the old satellite dish and related parts to a scrap metal service.

Step 3

Contact your area's waste management service or a recycling center in your area. Speak with a representative about scheduling a pickup of your old satellite dish.

Step 4

Write down the day the waste management service will be out to pick up your old satellite dish on a piece of paper.If contacting a recycling center, you may have to take your old satellite dish into the recycling center if the center doesn't offer a pickup service.

Step 5

Place the large box outside on the curb on the day of the scheduled pick up.

Tips & Warnings

  • Habitat for Humanity's ReStores, a charity organization that sells used building supplies, also accepts old satellite dishes. Click on the “Habitat for Humanity – ReStore” link in the Resources. Scroll down and click on the “U.S. Restores” or “Canada Restores” link to locate a ReStore in your area.