Removal from use

Smoke alarms shall be recycled in the same manner as electrical and electronics equipment. Some older smoke alarms, i.e. those sold before 1 August 2005, may not bear a recycling mark. Earlier installation and maintenance instructions may read that the smoke alarm may be disposed of as household waste. This is no longer the case; all smoke alarms shall be returned to recycling stations for electrical and electronics equipment.


Retail outlets are under no statutory obligation to accept electrical and electronics equipment. They are only required to advise customers of the nearest official recycling station. If a retail outlet accepts old equipment from consumers in connection with sales, no separate fee shall be charged. However, retail outlets collecting old electrical and electronics equipment from households are entitled to charge the cost of removal to the consumer.

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