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RECYCLING SMOKE DETECTORS
November 6, 2015, 7:00 am
Filed under: Hazardous Wastes, Recycling

Smoke detectorSince most smoke detectors contain small amounts of radioactive materials, they are not readily accepted at most hazardous waste dropoffs.   Federal regulations stipulate that all smoke detector packaging must contain the company’s mail back address so that they may be disposed of properly.  Please call the company for instructions on mailing the detctors back properly or you have the following options:

 

For First Alert or BRK:

  • Send to:
    • First Alert Disposal 3901 Liberty Street Aurora IL, 60504
      • (You may want to confirm with USPS any special label for mailing smoke detectors.)

For Other Brands: Curie Environmental in New Mexico will take any smoke detector back for a small price

  • $8.00/detector
  • Specific instructions on how to send the detector to them may be found at www.curieservices.com
  • You will need: quantity & microcuries (found on the back of detector)
  • Pay online (using PayPal)
  • Print out the shipping label (USPS or UPS)
  • For questions (505) 888-9392

PLEASE REMOVE THE BATTERIES BEFORE MAILING THEM BACK TO THE COMPANIES.

Each company takes apart the detectors to recycle the plastic and other re-usable materials. The radioactive material is then separated and sent to a landfill that is specially designed to take in radioactive waste.

(Many thanks to SCARE Environmental Education for providing this information!)