Recycling a fire extinguisher
What do you do with an old fire extinguisher? I got this call today from a resident that was completing his annual safety check and needed to dispose of a non-working extinguisher.
Option 1: Reuse See if you can have your extinguisher refilled by looking up local company that deals with fire extinguishers. If you plan on purchasing a new extinguisher, make sure they will take in your old one as a condition of your purchase.
Option 2: Recycle The same companies mentioned above also may accept full fire extinguishers for a nominal fee or for free. Otherwise, the city of Waukesha’s fire department recommends emptying the contents of the fire extinguisher outdoors in a safe environment. You can then remove the top and recycle it as normal scrap metal, by taking it to a local scrap metal dealer or to a drop off location throughout the county.
Fire extinguishers are usually made of steel. Recycling steel is very important because of the economic and environmental affects.
· The energy saved each year by steel recycling is equal to the electrical power used annually by 18 million homes, or enough energy to last LA 8 years (Steel Recycling Institute 2003)
· Every ton of recycled steel conserves 2,500 pounds of iron ore, 1,400 pounds of coal and 120 pounds of limestone. (Steel Recycling Institute 2003)