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Ionization smoke detectors contain a small amount of radioactive material to detect smoke. According to the U.S. EPA, there is no health threat from ionization smoke detectors as long as the detector is not tampered with and it is used as directed.

  • While ionization smoke detectors may legally be thrown away with household trash, it is preferable to take these items to SWACO’s Household Hazardous Waste facility or a temporary collection event whenever possible.
  • Photoelectric smoke detectors do not contain any radioactive material and can be disposed in your household trash.
  • Safety first! Never take apart an ionization smoke detector.

SWACO operates a permanent Household Hazardous Waste Center located at:

645 E. 8th Avenue
Columbus, Ohio 43201
Phone: 614-294-1300

Weekly Hours
Wednesdays: 12pm-6pm
Thursdays: 9am-5pm
Fridays: 12pm-6pm
(Closed Holidays)

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