Intact carbon monoxide detectors and household smoke detectors are accepted for disposal with regular trash.
Many manufacturers of smoke detectors have voluntary take-back programs for safe disposal of these items. Be sure to verify current packaging and shipping requirements directly with the manufacturer.
Other options for mail-in recycling exist as well.
Businesses should call the Vermont Environmental Assistance Division in Waterbury at (802) 241-3745.
Limitations, regulations and other specifications – Ionization smoke detectors do contain a small amount of a low-level radioactive isotope. Care should be used in handling these items, but the material is not considered hazardous to people or pets at the levels present in household smoke detectors.