Smoke Detectors & Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Most smoke detectors contain a small amount of Americium 241, a radioactive material. When installed in your home or office this material poses little threat, but if broken open, it can become a health hazard. This is the reason that smoke detectors must be labeled as having radioactive content and their manufacturer's must accept these items for disposal as hazardous waste.
Homeowners can mail smoke alarms and smoke detectors back to their manufacturer by surface or UPS ground mail, marked "For Disposal” or contact the 800 numbers below for instructions:
(also accepts North American Detectors, Inc., DICON, Garrison, and TEN-TEK brands)
100 Tempo Ave.
Unit 15 East
Toronto, ON Canada M2H3S5
2820 Thatcher Road
Downings Grove, IL 60515
3334 Main Street
Skokie, IL 60076
First Alert/BRK Brands
3920 Enterprise Court
Aurora, IL 60504-2495
800-392-1395 or 800-323-9005
Life Saver/Frynetics, Inc.
1055 Stevenson Court
Roselle, IL 60172
Return to local Radio Shack with receipt
388 North Ellicot Creek Rd.
Amherst, NY 14228
If these resources are not useful, please wrap your smoke detector in paper, then wrap in plastic and throw into the trash.
Please check with individual companies for charges for services and/or changes in their policies.
This list contains the most current information available at the time of printing. No endorsement of any business by Waukesha County is intended.
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