First Alert provides free disposal for up to four undamaged First Alert, Onelink, or BRK detectors. If you are unable to return the detectors to us, please contact your local garbage or recycling facility for other disposal alternatives.
Disposal of Smoke Detectors Single detectors, on the other hand, can be securely disposed with household rubbish. Some smoke detectors provide the option of being returned to the manufacturer. "Inspect the new smoke detector packaging to check whether they provide a return service." You may also want to consider donating your smoke detectors to charity. There are many nonprofit organizations that need your old equipment. For information on charities in your area that could use your help, contact your local fire department or emergency management office.
If you don't feel like sending them off to a good cause, there are several companies that will take your old detector away for recycling. The cost of disposal can vary depending on where you send them so check with different companies to find out what they charge. Also, when you're checking prices, remember to look at all charges, not just the shipping fee. Some companies will also charge for disposal.
The best way to ensure proper disposal is by using certified hazardous waste facilities. These facilities will recycle or dispose of the material properly. Some communities may have their own landfills that monitor materials according to type. If this is the case, make sure you read the labels on your package to be sure it goes in the correct container.
Hazardous waste facilities usually receive shipments daily. It's important to use these facilities rather than dumping your stuff in the trash.
Carbon monoxide detectors (alone) are discarded. If you have a combo device with a smoke detector, contact the manufacturer for suitable disposal instructions. The names of the manufacturers are normally listed on the back of the unit. Dispose of carbon monoxide detectors in accordance with local laws and regulations.
How do I properly dispose of an outdated smoke alarm? Electrical garbage should not be disposed of with regular household rubbish. Our alarms are perfect for recycling as part of the waste electronic and electrical equipment (WEEE) initiative. For more information on WEEE, visit www.waste-electronics.com.
Smoke alarms have a limited life span; you should replace them every 10 years regardless of usage. Dispose of old smoke alarms in the trash or recycle them using the WEEE option at your local electronics store. If you don't know where to take your device, call your city or county government's environmental department for guidance.
So, how should I get rid of an ionization detector? Ionization smoke detectors are accepted by certain municipal hazardous waste collection sites. For the nearest center, please see the "Where to Go" section at the bottom of this page. You might also try returning your old detector to the original manufacturer. They will likely take it back.
In addition, some detection companies will take them. If you contact Maxon Electronics or Honeywell they should be able to help you find a recycling program.
Please note that these are hazardous materials and must be disposed of in accordance with all applicable laws including disposal at licensed hazardous waste facilities. Failure to do so may result in fines or imprisonment.
The best way to deal with any type of fire alarm system is to call the monitoring company's emergency hotline before you act. This will allow them to instruct you on what action to take. Some fire alarm systems can be disabled or destroyed, but most require a control panel or computer connection to reset or disable. Any home repair or maintenance work that requires access to these areas should not be done until you have been told that it is safe to do so.
Disposing of old fire extinguishers in a landfill or incinerator may cause them to leak or explode. Please consult your local government agency on where to dispose of these items.
Old smoke and heat alarms should ideally be sent to local recycling centers for disposal. If your local recycling center does not have particular smoke alarm arrangements, modest quantities of alarms can be disposed of with regular home waste. Recycling facilities will usually accept batteries from smoke alarms.
Disposing of an entire unit including the case is recommended because this prevents any possible reuse of the case or battery compartment cover. Both cases and batteries can be recycled.
Alarms that are in good working order but no longer serve a protective purpose should be disposed of in the same way as obsolete medical devices. In some countries there may be regulations regarding the disposal of used fire protection equipment so checking with your local fire department is recommended before disposing of your alarm.
If you are sending your alarm to be recycled, first check that this service is available in your area by contacting your local authority controlling waste disposal or visiting www.recyclenow.com. Find out what type of facility (if any) collects alarms and send only those that are accepted by your local collector. Do not send batteries or other electrical components with your alarm. They will be collected separately.
Your local authority may charge fees for collecting and recycling alarms. Some collectors will also charge for recycling batteries. Make sure you know what the rules are in your area before disposing of your alarm.