Smoke and fire alarms/detectors are NOT ACCEPTED at SWALCO collection programs (Electronic Collections or Household Chemical Waste Collections). As you probably know, there are numerous brands and types of smoke detectors available, selection can be tricky. Additionally, some smoke detectors have a small amount of the radioactive material Americium-241, leaving residents uncertain of how to dispose of the detectors in a responsible manner. If a smoke detector contains radioactive material, it is required by law to have a warning label on the body of the smoke detector. The label is usually located at the “top” of the detector, facing the mounting base that attaches to the ceiling or wall. So, before wandering the isles of the hardware store, please take a moment or two to review possible detector selections and end-of-life disposal options. After all, we are all responsible for what ends up in our landfills.
Listed below are the types and functionality of each plus information about possible hazards.