Smoke Detector Disposal

Handling Smoke Detectors

Although it is legal in New Jersey to dispose of the ionization detector in the trash, you are encouraged to return the detector back to the manufacturer. Detector companies must accept returned radioactive detectors for disposal. They are mandated by the Nuclear Regulatory law 10 CFR 32.27 to see that the radioactive waste is disposed properly at a nuclear waste disposal facility. When sending back a smoke detector, do not take it apart. The batteries should be removed and properly disposed of or recycled as appropriate. No special shipping is needed for the smoke detector, just wrap it in padding, place it in a box, and send it.

Homeowners can mail smoke detectors back to the appropriate manufacturer ONLY. All alarms/detectors are to be marked “For Disposal.”

  • Code One/Firex/Maple Chase Products, 2820 Thatcher Road, Downings Grove, IL 60515
  • Dicon 3334 Main Street, Skokie, IL 60076
  • First Alert/BRK Brands, 3920 Enterprise Court, Aurora, IL 60504-8132
  • Gentex Corp. Return Dept., 600 N. Centennial St., Zeeland, MI 49464 616- 772- 1800
  • Interactive Technologies 651- 777- 2690 Call for instructions.
  • Life Saver/Frynetics, Inc., 1055 Stevenson Court, Suite 102W, Roselle, IL 60172
  • Nighthawk Systems, 1394 South 3 RD St., Mebane, NC 27302 800- 880- 6788
  • Safety’s Sake/Funtech, 388 North Ellicot Creek Rd., Amherst, NY 14228 800-877-1250
  • Sentrol 503- 692- 4052
  • Triad Safety Systems 4595 Airport Rd, Carney, NE 68847 308- 236- 7062

If unable to return smoke detector to manufacturer, remove battery from smoke detector and dispose of it in the garbage.