There are two types of smoke detectors, and each must be disposed of differently. The first type are photoelectric smoke detectors and are not considered to be hazardous waste. However, the majority of smoke detectors are not photoelectric. Most are ionization smoke detectors and contain a small amount of a radioactive isotope called Americium 241. The backs of these smoke detectors will have a specific warning label. Please check the back of your smoke detector to determine which type it is, then dispose of it properly by using the information below.
Center for Hard to Recycle Materials (CHaRM)
For styrofoam, will accept all forms except packing peanuts. Must be clean, no food stains. Some fees may apply, check website for details.
Accepts all types of batteries – no charge.
1110 Hill Street SE Hours: Tuesday & Thursday 9:00am-4:00pm, Saturday 8:00am-3:00pm Materials Accepted: Aluminum Cans, Appliances, Batteries - Automotive, Marine and Motorsport, Batteries - Rechargeable (cell phone/ camera/ tool/ lithium ion/ ni-cad), Bicycles, Books, Cardboard, Clothing, Copper, Electronics - Small Office (laptops / desktop printers / desktop fax machines), Fluorescent Compact Bulbs, Fluorescent Tubes, Glass Bottles and Jars, Ink Cartridges (inkjet printer), Mattresses, Metals- ferrous (most metals with iron or steel), Paint, Plastic - Non-Bottle Containers (cooking oil / peanut butter containers), Plastic Bags- ALL, Plastic Bottles, Propane Tanks, Refrigerator, Smoke Detectors, Styrofoam® - EPS Foam, Television Sets, Tires - Used, Toilets, Wine Corks
Atlanta, Georgia 30315
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Curie Environmental Services (Ionization Smoke Detectors)
This company allows you to mail in old ionized smoke detectors using a prepaid shipping label or by purchasing specifically designed shipping containers. For more information please visit the website below.
Visit website Phone: 505-888-9392 Materials Accepted: Smoke Detectors