Smoke Detector Disposal

WEEE Processors

The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive (WEEE) controls the way old electrical equipment is disposed of, reducing waste and promoting recycling.

It is designed to:

  • Tighten up the treatment of waste, removing hazardous materials.
  • Drive recycling versus waste.
  • Make producers accountable for financing the safe disposal of old electrical and electronic equipment.

The WEEE directive is legally binding and sets strict criteria for WEEE items:

  • Collection.
  • Treatment.
  • Re-use and Recycling.

Smoke detectors are radioactive and must be pre-treated, with the radioactive element removed BEFORE they are disposed of via a WEEE route:

  • Avoids contamination of waste sites.
  • Prevents radioactive materials entering recycled metals.
  • Safe disposal is achievable only when radioactives are removed.
  • Only once the radioactive element is removed may a WEEE disposal route be used.

Legislation clearly states the radioactive element in smoke detectors MUST be removed before treatment.