Smoke detectors

The most common type of smoke detector contains a small amount of radioactive material (Americium 241). Smoke detectors are not accepted at the Agency's Household Hazardous Waste Facility or related programs.

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has approved disposal of residential quantities of smoke detectors in household garbage. Please remove any batteries from devices before placing in the garbage. While disposal in regular garbage is allowed, it is environmentally preferable to mail them back to manufacturers offering take-back programs. See list below or call the call the manufacturer's 800# for instructions.

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Curie Environmental Services

Albuquerque, NM

NotesMail-back and fee: radioactive smoke alarms/detectors from any manufacturer. Visit website for instructions.


Firex c/o Disposal
28C Leigh Fisher Blvd.
El Paso , TX 79906

First Alert/BRK

NotesAccepts up to four device of First Alert/BRK brand at a time. Call ahead for mailing instructions.

G.E. Security/ESL

12345 Southwest Levetan Dr.
Tualatin, OR 97062

NotesWill accept G.E. Security/ESL brands only.


1985 Douglas Drive N.
Golden Valley, MN 55422

NotesAccepts Honeywell smoke detectors only.


1016 Corporate Park Dr.
Mebane , NC 27302

NotesWill only accept Kidde brand smoke detectors.


NotesCall to find out if local Sears will accept smoke detectors.

Stericycle, Inc.

Santa Rosa, CA

NotesPick up and Fee. Call for quote.

System Sensors

NotesWill accept "System Sensor" brand only.

Cost Asking payment of $3.00 for each detector to cover recycling costs.

USI Electric/Universal

74 Gwynns Mill Court
Owing Mills, MD 21117

NotesMail-back: return only detectors that say “ionization” on the back. Only USI Electric or Universal brand detectors accepted. Enclose a note that the smoke detector is being returned for recycling.