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Recycling centers that accept: Smoke Detectors

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.

Please be certain that the smoke detector has no radioactive warning on the back before disposing of it in this manner.
Remove the battery from the smoke detector and dispose of it with your regular garbage.

These smoke detectors are perfectly safe during home use because all of the radioactive material is shielded by a metal chamber within the device. However, DO NOT dismantle an ionization smoke detector because you may expose the radioactive material.
The center below is the only known company in the US that will recycle ionization smoke detectors. Some fees may be involved.

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.

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