Fire Extinguishers – Smoke Detectors – Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Fire extinguishers cannot be placed in curbside trash or recycling bins, even if they are empty.
John’s Fire Protection
Jefferson Office – 920-674-4270
Watertown Office – 920-261-2892
H & H Fire Protection, 920-563-5307
$5 disposal fee per extinguisher
There are two main categories of smoke detectors: photoelectric and ionization. Depending on the type of detector will determine how to dispose of it.
Photoelectric detectors may be thrown into the trash after removing the battery. Batteries should be brought to a Clean Sweep. **Details on these events can be found on the Solid Waste/Clean Sweep/Recycling home page.**
Ionization detectors must be returned to manufacturer for proper recycling because they contain a radioactive isotope, Americium 241. When returning a detector to the manufacturer include a note indicating the detector is to be disposed of or write “for recycling” on the package and mail it to the address listed on the back of the detector. Be cautious not crush or otherwise damage the smoke detector in your attempt to recycle because of the radioactive material.
Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Carbon monoxide detectors do not contain radioactive material and therefore can be placed in your trash after removing the battery. Batteries should be brought to a Clean Sweep. **Details on these events can be found on the Solid Waste/Clean Sweep/Recycling home page.**