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Old smoke detectors can now be recycled

Old smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors, and combination detectors can now be recycled. - Metro Newspaper Service photo
Old smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors, and combination detectors can now be recycled.
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A new recycling program available to Richmond residents should also keep them safer.

Old smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors, and combination detectors are now being accepted just across the Oak Street Bridge, at South Van Bottle Depot, 34 East 69th Ave., near Main Street in Vancouver.

The free service is also being offered at Go Green Depot and Recycling, 7-2286 Ontario St. in Vancouver. For more information about the new program, drop-off hours and locations, visit www.alarmrecycle.ca.

Deputy Fire Chief Kim Howell said these detectors need to be replaced regularly.

“We recommend people test fire alarms monthly, replace battery operated ones annually, and electricity-powered ones every 10 years,” Howell said. “CO detectors can be tested a few ways, and instructions will come with the detector. Some have a test button that should be pressed once a week to confirm that the device is in operation. Those with displays can be tested with a known source of CO such as smoke from an incense stick. You can also purchase a CO detector test kit.”

The program launched throughout the province earlier this month, with 40 new drop-off locations.

AlarmRecycle is a non-profit program funded entirely by a new small recycling fee applied when new smoke and carbon monoxide alarms are purchased.

For more information about home safety, visit http://tinyurl.com/richmondfireprevention.

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