Do you have an old satellite dish on your home that’s becoming a bit of an eyesore?

Once these items are outdated or no longer in use, there’s no point in keeping them around. But you’re probably wondering, “Can I throw away a satellite dish?”

We’re going to break down the basics of satellite dish removal for you and give you some ideas on how to get rid of it once and for all.

Keep reading to find out how.

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The Basics of Satellite Dish Removal

Since satellite TV companies don’t come to collect old dishes that customers are no longer using, getting rid of the old one that has been sitting around your home will be up to you.

Satellite dish disposal isn’t exactly a simple proposition. Your old satellite dish may be mounted on a pole somewhere in your yard, but more likely it has been attached to the roof of your home.

If this is the case, the first thing you’ll need is a sturdy, tall ladder allowing you to access the dish. Once you’ve gotten up to it, there are several steps to removing the old satellite dish:

  1. Unhook the cables that connect the dish to the inside of your home.
  2. Loosen the nuts and bolts connecting the footplate of the satellite dish to the mounting brackets and gently lift the dish from the mount.
  3. Unscrew the bolts that connect the footplate to the roof and use a crowbar to carefully lift it off.
  4. Fill any holes in the roof with tar or silicone.

So now that you have removed the satellite dish from your home, what do you do with it now? Let’s explore some options below.

2 FAQs about Satellite Dish Removal

#1: How Do I Dispose of an Old Satellite Dish?

Since satellite companies will not come to get to their old dishes, that means you have to figure out what to do with them. You can’t just put your dish out by the curb and expect it to be picked up on trash day!

First, you may want to check and see if you know anyone who can use it. Depending on how old the tech is, it may still be useful — if a bit outdated.

If that’s not an option, you’ll have to search for options on where to dispose of an old satellite dish in your area.

If you don’t have time to do this research or don’t have the space in your vehicle to take it to the correct facility, a junk removal service may be your best option.

Junk It has lots of experience with old satellite dish removal in the Portland area and can take this item off of your to-do list.

#2: Are Satellite Dishes Recyclable?

Satellite dishes are primarily made up of:

  • Plastic
  • Metal; and
  • A circuit board

When they are no longer in use, they are considered to be electronic waste. Unfortunately, this means that they often end up in landfills.

While many electronics manufacturers have their own recycling programs, satellite dishes are less regulated and may be seen as hazardous waste. This makes it difficult for recycling centers to accept them.

You’ll have to check with recycling centers in your area and see if they will accept your old satellite dish. Some communities have designated e-waste landfills where you can take it.

Let Junk It Take Your Worries Away by Removing Your Old Satellite Dish for You

With Junk It, you never have to worry about what to do with old appliances or other junk that has collected around your home. 

We are a local Portland company that is family-owned and trusted by many customers to haul away junk quickly and professionally.

If you need to dispose of an old satellite dish — or anything else — contact us today for pricing and availability.