Smoke detectors have a life span of ten years. Many smoke detectors contain trace amounts of radiation and therefore it is recommended that you return them to their manufacturer for proper disposal. Manufacturer's addresses are usually listed on the product warranty, in the user's manual or on the original box. Return policies may differ among manufacturers, so calling the company prior to mailing is suggested.
Before disposing of smoke detectors, remove any batteries. See our Battery Recycling Page for how to dispose of the batteries.
Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Do not contain any hazardous materials so they can be safely thrown away. However, they do contain circuit boards and platinum, both of which are worth recycling. First Choice Computer Recycling will accept them.