SOUTH SHORE RECYCLING COOPERATIVE

 

 
 
 

Smoke and CO detectors

Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors may be disposed in the trash.

smoke detector

Older ionization smoke detectors containing the the very weak radioactive isotope Americium-241 are not considered hazardous (click on "smoke detectors" at MassDEP site) .

Newer smoke detectors, as well as carbon monoxide detectors, are photoelectric, and have no radioactive  components.

If they contain a non-alkaline battery, the battery must be removed and recycled properly.

 

They are not made in a way that can be easily deconstructed to their components, which is necessary for recycling any product.  Curie Pack's website says they will recycle smoke detectors for $8 each, if you mail them in.

You may also send ionization smoke detectors back to the manufacturer (addresses here, scroll down).