Getting rid of old BCF extinguishers
|Broken Prop||05/10/2017 15:35:00|
582 forum posts
Over the years I have accumulated a number of BCF fire extinguishers in the workshop, (mainly because I have never had to use one, thank goodness).
Needless to say that through neglect on my part the powder contents have solidified and I understand that the extinguishers will no longer work even though they may still be fully gassed.
The question is, how can I dispose of them safely? Any advice would be gratefully received.
|kevin b||05/10/2017 16:16:23|
1590 forum posts
I haven't got a clue. Ours are under contract, so we don't have the problem.
Have you tried to Google Fire extinguisher disposal ?
That would be my first move.
|Mike T||05/10/2017 16:43:16|
|392 forum posts|
My gut reaction is Local Authority recycling depot. Check with the council first and if they say no or quibble, take them anyway, but drop them off surreptitiously...
|Martin Gay||05/10/2017 17:02:44|
|55 forum posts|
|How about taking them to your local fire station. At the very least, they should be able to point you in the right direction.|
|Gary Manuel||05/10/2017 17:16:18|
1816 forum posts
I took an old Halon (wish we could still buy them) fire extinguisher to my local recycling centre and asked how to dispose of it.
"Oh no, we can't take that" I was told. "You'll have to ring the council and arrange for them to deal with it". "There will be a charge though".
"But it's empty" I said, showing them that pulling the trigger had no effect and it had no weight to it. "That doesn't matter, we can't take it".
I took it home, put it in a plastic bag and dropped it off in the "not suitable for recycling" skip the next time I went. Very environmentally friendly!
|Martin Whybrow||05/10/2017 17:51:04|
884 forum posts
Pete, do you mean BCF or powder? BCF is a halon, so disposal is very different.
The powder is relatively harmless as it's either ammonium phosphate, which is a fertiliser, or potassium or sodium bicarbonate. If it's the type with a gauge, it's a stored pressure extinguisher so needs to be fired to make it safe; if there's no gauge, it will be a cartridge type which can be opened easily (the head assembly screws off), these usually have a wider neck and will have no sign of a gas fill valve. With the cartridge type, you could tip out the powder into the bin, reassemble the extinguisher and fire it in safety.
Halon is a very tricky substance to deal with owing to ozone depleting chemical regulations.
Alternatively, let the local fire brigade set it off for you!
|2404 forum posts|
The fiasco with the extinguisher reminds me of the time when I took a gallon of used motor oil to the dump and duly poured it into the large tank provided to take it. When I asked one of the blokes what I should do with the now empty plastic container, I was told that I couldn't put it with the plastic recyclables as it was contaminated with oil and they couldn't deal with it.
Edited By Cuban8 on 05/10/2017 18:03:07
|Engine Doctor||13/11/2017 15:16:47|
2198 forum posts
Our tip used to have a bin next to the oil container for the "contaminated" cans last time I went the bin was gone and was told to throw can in the land fill rubbish ! Simmilarly I used to buy my engine oil in 20 liter drums and put the old oil in an empty 20 liter drum to save keep going to the tip . Jobs worth recycling attendant said when half of it was poured "you cant empty that into waste oil thats trade oil " ? The worlds gone mad !!!
Did you find a way to dispose of your old extinguishers?
|Stuart Z||13/11/2017 16:56:42|
358 forum posts
I had/ve this problem. I tried the Fire Station and they sent me to the council tip. Council tip said, “No way” so I still have the extinguisher albeit many years old now. Thinking of ‘phoning’ the Council?
This is part of the whole problem that leads to “fly-tipping”.
|RC Plane Flyer||13/11/2017 18:42:06|
|582 forum posts|
How about looking up a local Fire Extinguisher service company ( not a big national ) and ask if they will take it off your hands
8391 forum posts
You you may have done this already but I typed in recycling fire extinguishers and came up with THIS
|Stuart Z||13/11/2017 21:13:42|
358 forum posts
Thanks Cymaz, but my refuse people were adamant they wouldn’t take it.
Chances are it is still useable so not too fussed, I have a new one standing next to it.
1889 forum posts
I see lots in scrapyards I don't know how they got there .
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