Oh, you sinner!<g>
You're supposed to return them to the manufacturer- [but trash
disposal is OK once the battery is removed]
BTW- How about those 'green' CFL's? Just a little mercury.
Call your local solid waste management authority for information on
hazardous waste collection.
Americium shielded inside of your detector. The ingredient is shielded by a
metal chamber within the plastic casing of the detector. On your wall, this
material poses little threat;
Little threat! Until now I thought I was safe. Now I'm being
threatened. Where is my shotgun? I'm going to blow that sucker off
Wait..it said it was dangerous on the wall. Mine is on the ceiling.
Maybe I'm safe.
On Sun, 6 May 2007 20:30:37 -0400, "Joseph Meehan"
My brother had a watch with a radium dial. They don't make those
anymore. Stopped in the 50's or maybe 60's. Maybe after people from
the U. of C. and Las Alamos like Enrico Fermi died of radiation.
I think there was later glow-in-the-dark that wasn't radioactive.
Probably didnt' work well.
But I was kidding anyhow, as I hope the rest of my post showed. :)
Most have a small amount of radioactive substance inside. The
substance is Americium-241 and is made in nuclear reactors, a decay
product of plutonium-241. Your best bet is to remove this tiny fleck
and feed it to your mother-in-law. You probably won't do her much
harm, but it will put a smug smile on your face and a certain spring
in your step. The remainder can be safely discarded.
Hope this helps,
You can throw away 3 or 4 of them at a time with the regular trash. If
you had several hundred or so ionization type smokes to throw away the
radioactivity detector at the dump will sound, and that won't be a
pleasant thing for the garbage truck driver or anyone else involved.
CO detectors contain no radioactive material.
Well, if they's got radioactive emitters you should cast them
into blocks of concrete, and ship them to a mountain in Nevada,
because them there radioactive materials are clearly far more
dangerous in a landfill than they are on your wall.
or you could drop them in a nearby trash can.
If the plastic casing has a recycling number on it, and it's
one that you have a recycling path for, you could
separate the plastic and trash the rest of it.
No, wait... Extract the radioactive emitter, pulverize it,
and smear it on the luggage of someone that you don't like
just before they try to leave the country.
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