How do I Get Rid of Smoke Detectors?

There are two types of smoke detectors: ionization and photo­electric detectors. 
Ionization smoke detectors contain a very minute amount of radioactive material known as Americium 241. Although the amount of radioactive materials in ionization detectors is so small that it does not pose a risk to human health, some municipalities do not allow them to be disposed of with municipal waste. 
Photoelectric-type smoke detectors do not contain any radioactive material, therefore they can be disposed of in the trash. 

If the detector contains radioactive material, it is required by law to have a warning label on the body of the detector. Look for a warning label or the international symbol for radiation on the back of the detector facing the mounting base.

Manufacturer/ Distributor

Phone Number

Address for Return


American Sensors/Dicon (800) 387-4219 Call to receive a reference number 
and return information.
Accepts 'Dicon Global' and 'American Sensors' brands only.
Firex (800) 445- 8299 Fire c/o Disposal 
28 C Leigh Fisher Boulevard
El Paso, TX 79906
Web address:
First Alert / BRK (800) 323-9005 ext. 2 Customer Service Department
3920 Enterprise Court
Aurora, IL 60504
Accepts up to four detectors of First 
Alert/BRK brand at a time. Please call ahead
for mailing instructions.
G.E. Security/ESL (888) 437-3287 12345 Southwest Levetan Drive
Tualatin, OR 97062
Will accept G.E. Security/ESL brands only.
Honeywell (800) 328-5111 Returned Goods, Honeywell Inc. 
Doc 4-MN10-3860
1985 Douglas Drive North
Golden Valley, MN 55422
Accepts Honeywell smoke detectors only.
Kidde (800) 880-6788 ext. 1 1016 Corporate Park Drive
Mebane, NC 27302
Will only accept Kidde brand smoke detectors.
Sears local numbers Some Sears locations are 
designated collection sites
Call to find out if your local Sears will accept 
smoke detectors.
System Sensors (800) 736-7672 ext. 1 Call to receive a reference number and return information Will accept "system sensor" brand only. 
Please include a payment of $3.00 for each 
smoke detector mailed to corm the firm's recycling costs.
USI Electric/Universal (800) 390-4321 ext. 1 Attention: Disposal Department
7a Gwynns Mill Court
Owings Mills, MD 21117
Return only detectors that say "ionization"
on the back. Only USI Electric or Universal
brand smoke detectors. Please enclose a
note indicating that the smoke detector
is being returned for recycling.