Fire Extinguishers

Contact product manufacturer to see if there is a recycling program in effect. Fire extinguishers are under pressure, and have the potential to explode if punctured. They cannot be discarded curbside and are not accepted at the Household Hazardous Waste Site.

Earth911 suggests disposing of a fire extinguisher as follows:

If it is not empty:
1. Check pressure gauge: The extinguisher should have a gauge saying whether it’s overcharged, at the correct pressure or in need of a recharge.
2. Call Your fire department: You might be able to exchange your extinguisher or get it recharged.
If it is empty:
1. Squeeze the lever above the handle, ensuring that all contents are discharged.
2. Remove the head: This will let whoever disposes of the extinguisher know that all contents have been removed.
3. Recycle the steel body: Once the head is removed, your community should accept fire extinguishers with the rest of your ferrous metal.

In either case, make sure to follow any instructions on the fire extinguisher.

For other information or service call:

A-Fire Extinguisher Sales & Service

Address:                  616 South 6th Street, Rockford
Phone:                    815-961-8100
Hours:                     Monday – Friday  7:00AM to 4:30PM;   Saturday, 7:30AM to Noon
Comments:              Sales and service of fire extinguishers including recharging and recycling.  No charge for disposal.

Cintas Fire & Safety Division

Address:                 2606 – 26th Ave, Rockford
Phone:                    815-541-0698
Hours:                     Monday – Friday  9:00AM to 5:00PM
Comments:             Sales and service of fire extinguishers including recharging and recycling.  No charge for disposal.
Last Update:  01/23/12