- Your local recycling service.
- Your local Board of Health.
- Your local Department of Public Works.
Contact the manufacturer of the smoke alarm - they might have a disposal service. If they don't, you can put one smoke alarm in with general rubbish. There can be no more than one in a sack as smoke alarms contain radioactive substances, so large numbers could be hazardous.... see more ›
If you are unable to return your smoke detector containing Americium-241 to the manufacturer, contact your local transfer station for other options. It is legal to dispose of smoke detectors in a landfill because they are not considered hazardous waste.... see details ›
You can recycle smoke alarms and batteries at your local Household Waste Recycling Centre. If possible please remove the battery from the alarm. HOUSEHOLD WASTE FACTS: Most household waste types can be recycled or disposed of at local Household Waste Recycling Centres.... read more ›
If you have a Nest Protect in the US, you can send your old Protect to Google through our recycling program, and we will responsibly recycle it for you.... continue reading ›
Smoke detectors are common household items that keep you and your family safe by alerting you to smoke in your home. Ionization smoke detectors use a small amount of radioactive material, americium-241, to detect smoke.... continue reading ›
Smoke alarms that use ionization sensors to detect smoke contain a small amount of Americium 241, a radioactive isotope. In normal use, these alarms are considered safe, as the radioactive material is shielded by a metal chamber inside the device.... see more ›
- Remove the battery and dispose of it in the trash. ...
- Most CO alarms have a plastic cover or face plate which can be recycled. ...
- Once you've removed all batteries and recyclable casings, you can discard of the CO alarm with your normal trash.
1, a typical modern detector contains about 1.0 microcurie of the radioactive element americium, which is equivalent to 37 kilobecquerel (37,000 decays per second), or 0.33 micrograms of americium oxide (AmO2).... view details ›
Every 10 years
Replace your smoke alarm. Some models last as little as 5 years. This includes battery operated and hard-wired alarms. All smoke alarms have an expiration date.... view details ›
How to maintain and when to replace. Like coupons and canned goods, smoke alarms have an expiration date. "They have a life of 10 years," Roux says. "But, if it has a built-in CO detector, you'll need to replace it sooner." According to Consumer Reports, most CO detectors come with a five- to seven-year warranty.... see details ›
If you are unaware which type of smoke detector you have in your home, now is the time to check. You can do so by taking the smoke alarm down and look at the back for either “Photoelectric” or “Ionization,” or a symbol with the letter “P” or “I” on the back.... continue reading ›
How can I safely dispose of my old smoke alarm? Waste electrical products should not be disposed of with your other household waste. Our alarms are ideally suited for disposal within the waste electronic and electrical equipment (WEEE) recycling scheme.... see more ›
Why Nest Protect has an expiry date. All carbon monoxide (CO) alarms expire because their sensors have a limited lifespan. To comply with certification standards, 2nd gen Nest Protect has to be replaced after 10 years, while 1st gen Nest Protect has to be replaced after 7 years.... view details ›
If it does not contain radioactive materials per the product description, you can remove the battery and dispose of the alarm/detector in the trash. If your product does contain radioactive materials, the best and safest option is to first check with the product manufacturer to see if they offer a mail-back program.... read more ›
Ideally old smoke and heat alarms should be taken to local recycling centres for disposal. However, small numbers of alarms can be disposed of along with normal household refuse if your local recycling centre has no special smoke alarm arrangements.... see more ›
Americium-241 used in smoke detectors is embedded (fused) onto a layer of foil; it does not pose any danger to you or your family. This is one of the reasons NRC originally authorized its use in the 1970s. The americium-241 cannot be scraped off or inhaled.... read more ›
Ionization-type smoke alarms have a small amount of radioactive material between two electrically charged plates, which ionizes the air and causes current to flow between the plates.... view details ›
Most smoke detectors use americium-241 as their source. Some early models used radium-226, and commercial smoke detectors and some residential units used nickel-63. The types of radiation from these sources cannot make anything else radioactive.... continue reading ›
Although it is legal in New Jersey to dispose of the ionization detector in the trash, you are encouraged to return the detector back to the manufacturer. They are mandated by the Nuclear Regulatory law 10 CFR 32.27 to see that the radioactive waste is disposed properly at a nuclear waste disposal facility.... read more ›
Ionization detectors should be returned to the manufacturer for proper disposal. Photoelectric smoke detectors do not contain any radioactive material and may be disposed of in the trash. Smoke detectors are not accepted at household hazardous waste or electronic collections.... continue reading ›
How can I safely dispose of my old smoke alarm? Waste electrical products should not be disposed of with your other household waste. Our alarms are ideally suited for disposal within the waste electronic and electrical equipment (WEEE) recycling scheme.... view details ›
Take to a retail collection location or a municipal recycling center that accepts rechargeable batteries. There are more than 400 collection sites in Massachusetts that are free to residents. Search Call2Recycle for the nearest location. Lithium Batteries: Hold for a local household hazardous waste collection day.... see more ›