Most smoke detectors last only 10 years and contain radioactive Americium 241, so send dead ones back to the manufacturer. Don’t put radioactive materials into the landfill OR the recycle bin!
Here are some major manufacturers and where to send your old smoke detectors:
Send First Alert, BRK and Family Guard Smoke Detectors to: BRK Brands, 25 Spur Drive, El Paso, TX 79906, (800) 323-9005. On the front of the package, write “For Disposal.” Up to 5 smoke alarms are accepted for free.
AMERICAN SENSORS AND DICON
Ship American Sensors and Dicon Smoke Detectors by surface mail to: Dicon Inc., 20 Steelcase Road West, Unit #3, Markham, Ontario L3R 1B2, Canada, (800) 387-4219. On the front of the package, write “For Recycling, $0 Value.”