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Welcome to the OC Recycle Guide. Need to get rid of it but not sure where it goes? Search an A-Z list of recycling options for Orange County residents.

Smoke Alarms and Detectors


For proper disposal of a smoke alarm or detector, please check the label on the device or research the type of alarm/detector you have. Not all smoke alarms/detectors have radioactive materials. If it does not contain radioactive materials per the product description, you can remove the battery and dispose of the alarm/detector in the trash.


If your product does contain radioactive materials, the best and safest option is to first check with the product manufacturer to see if they offer a mail-back program. You may also check this website at www.curieservices.com for more recycling information, including a helpful Frequently Asked Question sheet.

Other Resources

The Unites States Postal Service also offers additional resources here. Please note that some resources may require a fee for service.  

If uncertain, you may contact the OC Waste & Recycling office at 714-834-4000 to speak to a materials regulation specialist.


* Please note that some external links provide information that is not managed nor updated by OC Waste & Recycling.  You may contact those sites directly with any questions, requests or updates. We will routinely monitor external sites linked from our pages.

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