Dispose of Smoke Detectors Right

Do not place smoke detectors or carbon monoxide detectors in your curbside recycling. 


Smoke Detectors

A smoke ionization detector can be returned to the manufacturer for proper disposal or you can legally dispose of it in the regular trash. 

Manufacturers of smoke detectors are mandated by the Nuclear Regulatory Law 10 CFR 32.27 to see that the radioactive waste is disposed of at a nuclear waste disposal facility. When sending back a smoke detector, do not take it apart. Return the entire smoke detector by ground mail (not air mail). Before shipping, remove the batteries and place them in the trash. No special packaging is needed for your smoke detector. Just put it in a box, maybe with some newspaper for padding, and send it. You must call the company before sending it. Links for more details and phone numbers are listed below.


(800) 880-6788

First Alert/BRK
(800) 323-9005 ext. 1


(800) 328-5111 ext. 4

USI Electric/Universal

(800) 390-4321 ext. 238

Other private companies offer disposal services for a fee. See details.

If you are unable to return a smoke detector to the manufacturer, place it in the regular garbage for disposal. Smoke detectors are not accepted in the Household Hazardous Waste Disposal Program.


Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Carbon monoxide detectors cannot be recycled. If it is no longer in good, working condition place it in the regular trash for disposal.



Looking to recycle, donate or dispose of other items? Use the dark blue 'What Do I Do With?' search bar at the top of every page of this website. Allow location services or use the city drop-down to find opportunities in your local area.