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.
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: www.firexsafety.com|
|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.
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
|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.