CAUTION: Due to their pressurized contents, charged fire extinguishers cannot be disposed of your regular trash. Additionally, fire extinguishers that were manufactured before 1970 may contain the toxic chemical carbon tetrachloride and should not be discharged.
REUSE: New, unexpired fire extinguishers may be able to be donated or resold. An internet search such as “donate fire extinguisher York PA” will show businesses that accept this material for donation, or click here to view a list of York County donation/reuse outlets. Reusable items can also be resold at garage sales, consignment stores and on internet sale platforms.
- York County business BFPE International accepts fire extinguishers of all ages, conditions and types for recycling for a fee. Contact them at 717-741-9980 or click here for more information.
- Some local fire departments accept fire extinguishers for recycling. Contact them directly for more information.
- Completely discharged fire extinguishers may be recyclable at scrap metal recycling facilities. An internet search such as “recycle fire extinguisher York PA” will show businesses that accept these items for recycling.
TRASH: Completely discharged fired extinguishers may be disposed in the regular trash.