Smoke Detectors contain small amounts of a radioactive material; it poses little threat but can become a hazard if broken open.
Some smoke detectors contain a small amount of radioactive material called americium 241 (am-er-ish'-ee-um). Look on the back of the unit for the designation Am 241. Some dual function alarms, for smoke and carbon monoxide detection, also contain americium. To find out, check the back of the unit or ask us at the ARCC.
CVSWMD is working on an affordable solution for safe, proper disposal of smoke detectors, but in the meantime, Curie Services offers a mail-back program for a fee.
Single purpose Carbon monoxide (CO) detectors do not use radioactive substances; they can be recycled with E-waste.