Ionising smoke detector disposal and recycling continues to be problematic because the radioactive material requires safe separation from the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment recycling (WEEE) prior to disposal of the source and recycling of the WEEE.
Eckert & Ziegler Environmental Services offer a genuine recycling option for many smoke detector manufacturers, e.g. Siemens. In our purpose-built facility in Germany, the detectors are dismantled to separate the WEEE and plastic which are recycled. The radioactive Am-241 foils are dissolved and the Am-241 separated from the silver, gold and palladium and all the materials, including the Am-241, are re-used or recycled.
Smoke detectors that are not suitable for recycling are dismantled in the laboratory area of our secure UK facility. The WEEE and plastic are recycled, and the radioactive foils consolidated and sent for specialist disposal.
We accept both Am-241 and Ra-226 smoke detectors, from any manufacturer, for separation and recycling / disposal.