We are planning to replace all the smoke detectors in our office building. How should we go about disposing of the old ones?

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We are planning to replace all the smoke detectors in our office building. How should we go about disposing of the old ones?

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Smoke detectors contain radioactive material: this means they cannot be disposed of as general waste or recycled with other items of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE). The radioactive element must first be removed by a specialist contractor. Following this, the detector can be sent to an Approved Authorised Treatment Facility for WEEE recycling. While the recycling of WEEE is financed by the supplier, the removal of the radioactive element is not, so the last owner must pay the specialist contractor for this service.

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