Smoke alarms have a 10 year lifespan. Â If everyone replaced their alarms after 10 years – more than 1.5 million smoke alarms Â (plus batteries, circuit boards and radioactive material) would end up in landfill every year.
The change in Queensland smoke alarm laws will see an additional 1 million alarms disposed of by 2021 and a further 3 million by 2026.
This is a major environmental and waste management crisis.
SAA Australia is the driving force to establish a national recycling program for smoke alarms.