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Smoke Detector Mandatory Take-Back Programs


Manufacturers of ionization smoke detectors must accept returned radioactive detectors for disposal as hazardous waste. 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.

The address of the supplier is usually listed in the product warranty or user's manual. Please contact the manufacturer before mailing your old smoke detector. Some manufacturers require a fee or have special requirements if the device is no longer under warranty.

Do not take the detector apart. However, remove and properly dispose of or recycle the batteries. No special shipping is needed for the smoke detector, just wrap it in padding, place it in a labeled box, and send it.

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