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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 Medina County Solid Waste District’s Household Hazardous Waste area within their Seville campus..
  • 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.

Where can I recycle these items?

The Medina County Solid Waste District operates a permanent Household Hazardous Waste area that accepts a wide variety of common household hazardous materials. A full list of materials is available by clicking here, or you can confirm acceptance by calling ahead.


8700 Lake Road
Seville, OH 44273
Phone: (330) 769-0289

Weekly Hours

Mondays:  8:30 am-4:30pm
Wednesdays: 8:30 am-4:30pm
Saturdays: 7:00am-Noon
(Closed Holidays)

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