How to recycle/dispose of fire extinguishers

Aerosol-type fire extinguishers

Dispose of aerosol-type fire extinguishers in your normal household trash.

Cylinder-type fire extinguishers

We accept cylinder-type fire extinguishers from residents at our Household Hazardous Waste drop-off at the Shady Grove Processing Facility and Transfer Station at no charge. We do not accept fire extinguishers from businesses.

If you have a household “B-C” type fire extinguisher no greater than 18 inches long, and cannot come to the Transfer Station:

  • Place the extinguisher into two heavy duty plastic trash bags.
  • Outdoors, lay the bag with the extinguisher flat on level ground.
  • Fold the tops of the bags closed and with one foot, step on the fold.
  • With a free hand, find the extinguisher's release lever from outside the bags. Gently squeeze and slowly release its contents.
  • Knot or tie the bags closed and place them into your regular household trash.
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