Fire extinguishers should be refilled or repressurized when possible. However, many household fire extinguishers sold today are not refillable.

If your common “ABC” compressed air, dry powder extinguisher cannot be refilled, it should be de-pressurized and dismantled before being recycled as scrap metal.

  • Release the product into a trash receptacle, then remove the valve by unscrewing it from the canister.
  • The metal canister, once de-pressurized and empty, can be recycled as scrap metal.
  • The powder and valve can go in the regular trash.

Very old fire extinguishers (often brass or copper) can contain extremely hazardous substances.

Please contact your local fire department or call us (888.7317) for disposal options.