[ RadSafe ] Disposal/Recycle Options for Smoke Detectors

Malloch, Wayne D. Wayne.D.Malloch at maine.gov
Fri Sep 23 09:03:58 CDT 2011

I suggest you contact Siemens Building Technologies Fire Safety
Division.  Siemens acquired Cerberus who acquired Pyrotronics and they
have taken back Ra-226 smoke detectors that have been found in scrap
metal in Maine.  We have dealt with their NJ office (973) 593-6583




Also Honeywell Security Group  as Honeywell acquired Ademco.


http://www.security.honeywell.com <http://www.security.honeywell.com/> 


Wayne D. Malloch, MS, Health Physicist

State Radioactive Materials Inspector

State Nuclear Security Inspector

Radiation Control Program

286 Water Street, 4th Floor

11 State House Station

Augusta, Maine 04333-0011

Blackberry:  (207) 592-3097

Fax: (207) 287-3059

wayne.d.malloch at maine.gov


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Subject: [ RadSafe ] Disposal/Recycle Options for Smoke Detectors




We have a client requesting disposal options for two smoke detectors.   

They took it upon themselves to look into options and received something
of a  

sticker shock; consequently, I was approached to assist.  See their  

description below.


"We have 2 ionization smoke detectors that we need to get rid of.  Their

descriptions are as follows: 


-  A 6" (case diameter) unit made  by Ademco, model: 590, serial

Radioactive Material = Ra 226 (.05  microCuries). 


-  An 8" unit made by Pyrotronics  Canada Ltd, model #DU-3. Radioactive 

Material = AM 241 (0.8 microCuries  max)."



My understanding was that such units were distributed, under proper NRC

exempt distribution licensing, to persons/entities exempt from

therefore, they can be disposed as municipal waste.  I fact, I recall  

regulatory guidance (NUREG 1717?) that evaluated the entire life cycle
of such  

products from a dose standpoint.


Can someone direct me to either the applicable regulations and/or

that supports my understanding, or, in the case of my  misunderstanding,

viable disposal or recycling options that do  not require the




Thanks in advance,


Shane  Brightwell, MS, CHP


Professional Radiation Consulting,  Inc.

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