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  • Fire Extinguishers/ Smoke & CO2 Detectors, and Thermostats


    The most common type of smoke detector contains a small amount of Americium 241, a radioactive material. Detector companies accept returned radioactive detectors for disposal as hazardous waste.

    First Alert Corporation
    3901 Liberty Street Road
    (800) 392-1395
    Please call and ask for a return material
    authorization number. With this, you can mail
    them your old smoke/CO2 detectors.

    Aurora Tri-State Fire Protection
    10180 Corporate Blvd.
    (630) 987-0600
    Accepts all pressurized and depressurized fire extinguishers
    Mon. – Fri.: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

    Illinois Fire & Safety Co. (2 Locations)
    702 S. Rohlwing Road

    530 Lark Unit C
    Toll Free 1-888-455-3473
    $5 charge per extinguisher
    Hours: Mon. – Fri. 8 am – 5 pm

    American Sensors
    100 Tempo Ave.
    North York, ONTARIO M2H 3S5
    (1-800) 387-4219
    Send detectors by US mail or UPS Ground Ship

    Mercury Containing Thermostats

    While mercury use in the U.S. has declined, the USEPA estimates that manufacturers use 500 - 600 metric tons of mercury annually as part of their production processes or to create products that rely on mercury's chemical and physical properties. It is not uncommon for homeowners to use or acquire or find products containing liquid mercury in their homes. Elemental mercury, a silver colored metal is used in many household products. It is known to be toxic to humans, but when safely encased it is not a health threat. When mishandled, however, broken mercury containing products can become a source for exposure that could pose personal risk. In order to protect health and the environment, safe and proper storage of mercury is vital! Mercury-containing products have no alternative disposal options and must be saved for drop off at a spring or fall 1-day mobile household waste collection events.

    What If You Have Mercury-Containing Products in Your Home?

    Products containing liquid mercury should be replaced with safer alternatives. Thermometers and blood pressure devices are available in electronic form and many older mercury-containing thermostats can be replaced with newer digital ones. All mercury-containing devices that have been replaced should be saved for a household hazardous waste collection and should never be thrown away with the trash. To minimize potential hazards, keep mercury-containing products in an airtight, leak-proof container. Until material is delivered to a collection, keep the container stored out of reach of children and away from any potential breakage.

    The Illinois EPA encourages all homeowners to bring mercury-containing products to a Household Hazardous Waste Collection event. For locations and dates, check the schedule of Illinois EPA sponsored 1-day household hazardous waste collection events by phoning us at (217) 785-8604 or by visiting the agency web link at:


    What You Should Do If You Have Elemental Mercury in Your Home
    Many people have containers of elemental mercury in their homes left over from science projects or other sources. Elemental mercury is a shiny, silver-gray metal that is liquid at room temperature. If you have elemental mercury in your home, you need to exercise extreme caution with it and package it to contain any leaks.

    Packaging Mercury For Storage and Transportation
    1. All mercury-containing products or containers of mercury should be placed inside a larger container with a tight fitting lid.
    2. Kitty litter or oil absorbent should be placed around the product to protect it from breaking or sudden shocks.
    3. Clearly label storage container as "Mercury-DO NOT OPEN."
    4. Transport containers to a household hazardous waste collection in cardboard box and secure so that they do not tip over and to minimize shifting or sliding during sudden stops or turns.
    5. Transport in the back of a pickup truck or in a car trunk. If you must transport in the passenger compartment, make sure there is adequate ventilation.

    What To Do If You Have a Mercury Spill
    All mercury spills, regardless of quantity, should be treated seriously. If you have a broken mercury containing device or an elemental mercury spill in your home, contact the Illinois Department of Public Health at 888/522-1282 immediately for cleanup procedures.

    • Leave the area if you are not involved in the cleanup.
    • Open windows and doors to ventilate the area.
    • Collect very small amounts of mercury with adhesive tape or an eyedropper. Store it in a sealed plastic container for transport to a household hazardous waste collection.

    Do Not
    • Use a vacuum cleaner to clean up mercury. A vacuum cleaner will spread mercury vapors and tiny droplets and increase the area of contamination.

    Please call the Village of Carol Stream Administration Department at (630)871-6250 if you have any questions or want more information, or email mailto: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Home Recycling Initiatives Fire Extinguishers | Smoke Detectors


    500 North Gary Avenue | Carol Stream, Illinois 60188 | Phone: (630) 665-7050 | TDD: (630) 668-5785 | Fax: (630) 665-1064