From the Forum – Recharge/Recycle Old Fire Extinguisher?

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Recharge/Recycle Old Fire Extinguisher?

“I was cleaning out our closet and came across a fire extinguisher that is at least five years old, and the pressure gauge says it is in need of a recharge. Since a new fire extinguisher is only $20.00 on Amazon, we will probably just get a new one, but I hate to just throw out the old one. Does anyone know if I can recycle it? Will the DC fire department accept old extinguishers?”

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  • Where did you get that awesome set of armor?

  • You can take it to the Fort Totten Transfer Station.
    They accept hazardous household waste items and electronics on the first Saturday of every month. But, getting there is a pain in the rear – you have to have a car. You could contact your ANC member or councilman’s office to see if there is a pick-up day scheduled in your neighborhood. Or you could ask someone at your local hardware or paint store to see if there is an alternative to Fort Totten. I don’t think the DCFD accepts extinguishers.

  • If you download the app iRecycle, it tells you where you can recycle anything you can possibly think of in a certain radius of your location.

  • austindc

    The google says there’s companies that recharge fire extinguishers. Probably cheaper to just buy a new one and use the old one to make some cool smoke effects for your stop motion animation movie about a stuffed bear dressed as a fireman who falls in love with a can of oatmeal. Also, this reminds me that I need to update my armor for the next mop joust.

  • We just had the same issue with our residential fire extinguisher. Went to the fire station and asked a firefighter if they recycled them. He said no, that it could go out with the regular trash. We probed a bit as to the recycling issue. He told us that if it made us feel better we could bring it in and they would discard it in the dumpster behind the station. I think certain ones that are for commercial use may be a different issue. Also learned from reading online that the typical residential extinguishers with a plastic top are not good candidates for recharging and buying a new one is actually cheaper.

    • At our old office building, once a year a service guy would come out,
      and check pressure and if needed clean them out, change the gaskets, shake up the powder
      and put a new nitrogen charge.

      It was a standard service. Now, does a a cheap plastic fire extinguisher make sense to recycle?

      Probably not.

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