Recycling a fire extinguisher

December 5, 2008 at 12:54 pm 2 comments


Make sure to check your fire extinguishers annually.

Make sure to check your fire extinguishers annually.



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)


Entry filed under: Energy, Facts & Figures, Local Interest, Recycling, Steel. Tags: , , , .

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Atlas Insurance  |  November 3, 2009 at 9:01 pm

    You can take your old fire extinguisher to a fire equipment company; who can recycle the chemical and parts.
    Call them first to make sure.

  • 2. ANDREW FOX  |  January 10, 2011 at 9:38 am

    We are Professional Fire Solutions Ltd, A recycling company of old redundant fire extinguishers,We recycle any extinguisher full or empty, we collect anywear in uk,All you do is call us on 08700113371 to arrange the address for collection.
    kind regards.
    Andy Fox.

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