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January 27, 2022

Boulder County accepting smoke detectors for recycling from households affected by Marshall Fire 

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Boulder County Resource Conservation Division’s Hazardous Materials Management Facility (HMMF), 1901c 63rd St., Boulder, is now accepting smoke detectors for proper disposal from households affected by the Marshall Fire. The smoke detectors will be collected for free until March 31, 2022. Houses that received smoke damage from the Marshall Fire should replace all detectors within the home. Due to health concerns stemming from the current pandemic, residents will need to make an appointment using the online application for drop-off to help us limit the number of people at the center at any given time.

The HMMF does not normally accept smoke detectors because they contain small amounts of radioactive material, but this collection is being provided under a provisional license from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE). The amount of radioactive material in a smoke detector contains no health risk, but the county wants to make sure the large number of detectors that should be disposed of are handled safely and correctly.

While at the HMMF, residents can also drop off other household hazardous waste such as paints, automotive liquids, cleaning solutions, and lawn and garden products for free. Learn more and make an appointment on the HMMF website www.BoCo.org/HMMF.