Chemists Celebrate Earth Day Community Event

Organize a CCED Recycling Event!

Establishing a recycling event in your area is a great way for you to participate in Chemists Celebrate Earth Day (CCED)!  This is a good way to discard old smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and batteries while ensuring that these items do not end up in landfills. So why not take an initiative and be environmentally proactive?

This year, the ACS is encouraging CCED participants to recycle old and unused smoke and carbon monoxide detectors as well as the batteries that power them. Replacing obsolete smoke detectors and disposing of the old ones appropriately provides safety in your homes.

Tips for Organizing an Event:

  • Before you start, contact your local county to see if they accept old detectors and batteries.  Many counties have a centralized hazardous waste collection center that might accept the ionization type smoke detectors with radiation sources in them. 
  • Once you know where to recycle, have a collection drive in your local area.
  • You will need some volunteers, so ask family and friends to help spread the word.
  • Next, organize all the items in cardboard boxes (e.g., all smoke detectors in one box, batteries in another box).
  • Ask your friends and community to join the cause.

More information about recycling old detectors can be found on the United States Postal Services’ website.

What else can I do?

  • Host a Science CafĂ© on the environmental aspects of the four CCED topics of indoor air, mold, or water.
  • Perform hands-on activity demonstrations for the public at local venues, such as malls, schools, and libraries.
  • Be creative and organize your own innovative or engaging event. Your section may nominate the event for one of two ChemLuminary Awards. Contact your local section officer for details.


Chemists Celebrate Earth Day

Search Events in Your Community

Search for or submit your local event in the CCED Event Locator.